The British Tinnitus Association describes tinnitus as the perception of sound in one ear or both, in the absence of any corresponding external source. Tinnitus is usually characterised by a constant ringing, hissing, or roaring sound in the ear or head.
The British Tinnitus Association estimates that 10 per cent of adults in the UK suffer from tinnitus. Many cases of tinnitus are triggered by a work injury, where people have been regularly exposed to loud noise without protecting their ears.
One in ten sufferers of tinnitus go on to experience severe effects on their quality of life, including depression, anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation.
Who is affected by Tinnitus?
Anyone who regularly comes into contact with loud noise, for example as part of their job, may be at risk of suffering a personal injury at work such as tinnitus.
Your employer has a legal duty to prevent you from suffering an accident in the workplace but unfortunately tinnitus is still a relatively common workplace injury. Industries in which you may be at a higher risk of developing tinnitus include, but are not limited to, the music industry, the military, the construction industry, or working in an industrial factory.
Tinnitus can also be acquired through pastimes, such as listening to loud music through headphones, and going to live gigs and nightclubs without protecting your hearing.
How can I be sure I am suffering from tinnitus?
If you have experienced any of the symptoms above, then you may be suffering from tinnitus. Visit your GP if you have concerns about tinnitus, to get a confirmed diagnosis.
Is there any help available?
There is currently no cure for tinnitus, but there are methods available to help ease your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend using ear drops to help with the problem. Additionally, the NHS has found that some patients benefit from relaxation techniques, support groups and sound therapy.
If you have developed tinnitus as the result of an injury at work, or any other incident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has 15 years’ experience in processing personal injury compensation claims. We have a mass of information on our website and are available over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It won’t cost you a penny to call us, and we work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful.
If you’ve had an accident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500, to see if you can make a personal injury claim.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice