Susanna Reid, the popular television presenter, spoke recently on ITV about the suffering she has endured living with tinnitus for ten years. Speaking about her reaction after her diagnosis, she told of her fear that she would ‘never hear silence again.’ Tinnitus is rarely discussed in the media, but it is a serious condition that can significantly affect your well-being.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition characterised by a constant ringing, hissing, or roaring sound in the ear or head, which has no external source. The British Tinnitus Association estimates that 10% of adults in the UK suffer from tinnitus. One in ten sufferers experience severe effects on their quality of life, including depression, anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation.
Who is affected?
If you regularly work in an environment where you are surrounded by loud noise, you may be at risk from suffering a personal injury at work in the form of tinnitus. 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.
How can I prevent it?
There is no known cure for tinnitus, but you can avoid a tinnitus work injury by taking precautions in your workplace. These can often be simple steps, such as reducing the length of exposure to loud noise, lowering the volume if possible, or merely taking steps to avoid the noise altogether. Although these actions are often easier said than done, UK employers have a duty of care to their staff and are legally obliged to take steps to protect their hearing.
If you have suffered a workplace injury such as tinnitus, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in the personal injury claim industry. Our telephone lines are open 24/7 and our specialist advisors can be spoken to in complete confidence, with no obligation to proceed with a work accident claim. We also have many resources on our website including a 30-second test compensation calculator, and we have a strict 100 per cent no win no fee** policy. If you have suffered an injury in the workplace, or in any other public place, that wasn’t your fault, give us a call on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice