Tinnitus is a hearing condition, which affects around six million people in the UK. There are various causes and most people suffer from this condition as a result of hearing loss, their working environment, or their lifestyle choices. If you’ve developed a work-related illness or been involved in an accident at work, you may be thinking about claiming compensation.
Illness at work: What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is often described as ringing in the ears, but the term is actually used to describe any noise that can be heard in the ears from within the body; this may include whistling, buzzing, or grinding sounds. Tinnitus is not a life-threatening condition and it is not painful; however, it can affect day to day life and it may persist for a prolonged period of time.
Workers who are exposed to loud noises are at risk of tinnitus; this may include people who listen to loud music, including those who work in nightclubs, bars and concert venues, construction workers, farmers, engineers, and carpenters. Tinnitus can also be caused by middle ear infections and conditions, such as glue ear and Meniere’s disease.
Preventing work injuries: what can be done to treat and prevent tinnitus?
Many people learn to live with tinnitus, but in severe cases, it can have a real impact on daily life. Treatment usually depends on the cause; in cases where there is an infection or a build-up of ear wax, treating this with medication or syringing will often help to ease symptoms. Medicines can help to cure an infection and they may also be recommended in cases where tinnitus is linked to depression.
In many cases, tinnitus is linked to hearing loss and it is important to address this, as your body tries to compensate for this loss and strains to hear, which may make the situation even worse.
Sometimes it is impossible to prevent tinnitus, but in most work-related cases, wearing protective ear plugs or defenders can help to reduce the risk. This is essential if you are using heavy machinery or power tools, or you work in a noisy environment.
Making a work accident claim
If you are thinking about making a work injury claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline. If you have been injured at work within the last 3 years and you have the evidence to prove that you were not to blame, the expert personal injury lawyers could help you to claim compensation. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown