Tinnitus is the perception of a sound within the human ear when no other sound is present. Although most describe tinnitus as a ringing sound, this is one of many sounds that an individual may hear. Tinnitus is not a disease – it is a condition that results in a number of symptoms, with the most common being noise-induced hearing loss from an accident or explosive device. Additional symptoms include neurological damage, oxidative stress, ear infections, emotional stress and wax build-up or nasal allergies. The majority of tinnitus cases are caused by a traumatic head injury. Many who are afflicted with this disorder need tinnitus accident counselling. Accident Advice Helpline can help you obtain compensation to cover the cost of this if it is not available on the NHS. You can call our free 24-hour helpline any time.
The goal of tinnitus accident counselling is to facilitate change by helping those who require support. Clinical approaches are most commonly taken to better manage the affliction. Counselling has been the most effective method of managing tinnitus, so almost all treatment strategies include some type of counselling. Treatments include hearing aids, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), tinnitus masking and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Tinnitus retraining therapy
With Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), those who suffer from this discomfort go through counselling to improve sound enrichment, thus resulting in a negative reaction to the sounds and reducing their perception of them. Noise generators are typically used during the treatment to provide a background noise level that helps the patient to refocus.
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on the concept that thoughts affect behaviour. Therefore, the focus of treatment is to retrain thinking patterns to change your behaviour. The technique is applied to tinnitus by changing the way in which you think about it. This treatment option also helps you determine what you can do about reducing the anxiety surrounding the affliction, thus making the noises less noticeable.
Why is counselling needed?
Since the cause of tinnitus is involuntary, it can be a major disturbance for some in their daily lives. This is because the noise is so loud, they cannot hear or it is distracting and they cannot focus on common tasks. This places sufferers in two groups: those who have a handicap associated with the symptoms and those who do not. Although tinnitus is a sensory experience, counselling is needed for those who have difficulty managing the ringing to the point where it interferes with their daily lives.
How can Accident Advice Helpline help?
By calling Accident Advice Helpline, they can determine if you have a claim for compensation and can place you in contact with a solicitor who specialises in tinnitus. They work on a no-win, no-fee basis. Experts are standing by awaiting your call around the clock.
Tinnitus can be as simple as a minor annoyance for some or severely debilitating for others. Overall, each patient needs to effectively communicate their needs as to whether counselling is their most effective option.
If you have had tinnitus accident counselling, or you are in the process of receiving, contact us today on 0800 689 0500 to see how making a claim with us can help you recover the related expenses.
Date Published: October 19, 2014
Author: David Brown