Common Tinnitus Myths
Tinnitus amongst sufferers is most commonly described as being a buzzing, ringing, hissing, humming, roaring and/or whistling in their ears and around 6 million people in the UK suffer with this condition.
There are a number of myths that surround tinnitus and its onset which hinder sufferers attempting to deal with the problem by seeking treatment.
The common myths are as follows:
- Tinnitus only affects people who go to loud concerts or listen to loud music
Although there is an element of truth in this statement, in that loud noise from a concerts regularly listening to loud music can trigger the onset of tinnitus, tinnitus can be caused by many other things, including being exposed to loud noise at work. A lot of people develop tinnitus for no particular reason and a person of any age, background or gender can develop tinnitus.
- Tinnitus will disappear on its own
When tinnitus develops it can sometimes be very mild and hardly noticeable. A lot of people who suffer with this type of tinnitus choose to ignore the problem and assume that it will go away. However, unfortunately, this is not the case and over time this could start to become a significant problem in that a person is unable to bear the effects of tinnitus at which point it could be too late to seek certain treatments because of the degree of tinnitus the person has.
- Tinnitus is an incurable disease
Tinnitus is not classed as a disease but rather a condition which is caused by a number of varying sources including loud noise, ototoxic medication or an underlying medical problem. Tinnitus cannot be cured but can be managed with effective treatment such as tinnitus retraining therapy, sound therapy and tinnitus counselling.
- Tinnitus and hearing loss aren’t linked
The British Tinnitus Association has estimated that 90% of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. A recent study in France showed that out of the 123 people who took part in the study, only one did not have tinnitus. Therefore those who believe they only have tinnitus will more than likely have a degree of hearing loss but this is not noticeable in comparison to the tinnitus and is, therefore, often a hidden hearing loss.
- There is no real help for tinnitus
Tinnitus sufferers, in a lot of cases, do not seek treatment from the doctor as they read up or hear through others that there is no treatment for tinnitus. Audiologists have over the last 20 – 30 years developed a number of treatments to help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus. They are now able to assess the level of tinnitus that sufferers have whether it’s mild, moderate or severe and determine the treatment which is most appropriate.
It is important for people to realise that tinnitus is as much a problem now to people as hearing loss is, and its effects can be more traumatic for sufferers. Depending on what the cause of your hearing loss and/or tinnitus is, could mean that you are entitled to make a claim for compensation if noise exposure at work played a part.
Leaving it to late to seek treatment for both hearing loss and tinnitus, if the potential cause of your problems is as a result of exposure to noise through work, could mean that you are unable to make a claim for noise induced hearing loss. This is because a Claimant only has 3 years in which to pursue a personal injury claim. However, in order to find out whether you are entitled to make a claim, please call us on 0800 849 8700.
What’s My Deafness Claim Worth has extensive experience in dealing with people suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus. We have a specialist team of solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist, who will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer an unparalleled support network and specialist legal expertise. If you have suffered a personal injury, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.If you are suffering from loss of hearing, buzzing or ringing in your ears, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
If you have been affected by hearing loss or exposure to noisy working environments you should not hesitate to contact us or to try our ‘Calculate my Claim’ feature on the right hand side of this page to see what your claim may be worth. We understand that the symptoms that you are suffering from can have serious consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account any time you have had to take off work, any treatment you have had to pay for including the cost of hearing aids and any other losses that you may have incurred.
Claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis so if we are unsuccessful in your claim you do not pay anything. If your claim is successful you will keep at least 75% of the compensation that is awarded.
Call 0800 849 8700 to speak to a member of our specialist team of Industrial Disease lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.