Tinnitus is a condition manifesting itself through buzzing, ringing or other sounds within the ear or head without there being an external source for the noise. The noise may be heard intermittently or continuously. Some people manage to tolerate tinnitus quite easily, others experience difficulties including:
- Inability to concentrate
- Sleep deprivation
By affecting a person’s psychological well-being, tinnitus can have a severe detrimental impact on the affected person’s quality of life.
Causes of tinnitus
Possible causes of tinnitus include:
- Ear infections and diseases
- Ototoxic drug exposure
- Metabolic disorders
- Cardiovascular problems Neurological problems
Accidents at work that expose workers to sudden loud noises; prolonged exposure to excessive noise at work, and noise-induced hearing loss can also be responsible for the onset of tinnitus.
Temporary or permanent tinnitus
Most people suffer from tinnitus at some point or another and in most cases it tends to be temporary. In some cases, however, the condition becomes permanent. Some sufferers find this far more distressing than temporary or permanent industrial deafness.
Tinnitus and compensation
If you suffer tinnitus as a result of a work accident or because you were exposed to excessive levels of noise at work, you may be entitled to work injury compensation. When claiming for compensation involves tinnitus, you may be asked:
- How the symptoms are manifested (ringing, buzzing, and so on)
- When you first experienced them
- How often you experience them
- How long they last at a time
The best way to log your symptoms is to start a work-related diary as soon as possible after the workplace accident you believe to be responsible for your condition. Enter every occurrence of the symptoms by date and time, making sure to add the duration and type of noise heard. If the symptoms cause you to be anxious, depressed or stressed, or make it impossible for you to sleep or concentrate, make sure to log these feelings as well.
Why this is important
Compensation awarded in industrial injury claims is not only based only on the injury itself, but also on the way it affects your life in the present and how it may affect you in the future. Logging your tinnitus symptoms on a daily basis can provide a clear view of how the condition is affecting your life. It also helps to determine whether it is likely to become permanent or not. Accident Advice Helpline solicitors can use this detailed information to secure sufficient compensation to reflect your suffering adequately. So give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice