Aug
19
2015

UK hospitals involved in tinnitus treatment trial

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth is one of eleven hospitals across the UK taking part in a study to consider the effects of a new drug.

The trial taking place is called the QUIET-1 Trial. It will involve 150 patients who have been suffering with tinnitus constantly for between six and eighteen months.

The trial researches are conducting the study in the hope of stemming and reducing patients’ tinnitus symptoms. One ENT Surgeon involved in the study has highlighted that research such as this is vital and stated that; “one in ten people experience tinnitus to such a degree that it has a severe impact on the quality of their life and there is currently no drug treatment for the condition”.

Patients participating in the study will have to take four pills every day for four weeks. There will be a proportion of participants taking a placebo to test the effectiveness of the drug.

The participants must be suffering with sensorineural hearing loss as well as tinnitus. This will most likely include participants who have been exposed to excessive levels of noise at work which, as a result, has caused damage to the hair cells within the inner part of their ears.

If you are interested in taking part in the trial, whether you are from the Plymouth area or anywhere else across the UK, then please click on the link below where you can find out more information.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Tinnitus/Pages/clinical-trial-details.aspx?TrialId=EUCTR2014-002179-27-GB&Condition=Tinnitus~quiet&pn=1&Rec=0&CT=0

We await sight of the results of the study with interest. It is hoped that the findings will assist tinnitus sufferers in their day-to-day lives.

Noise induced hearing loss is found to develop in those who have worked in heavy industry where the type of tools used in the working environment results in exposure to significant noise levels resulting in permanent damage to hearing.

Industrial workers are also more likely to develop tinnitus due to the damage caused to the inner ear following their exposure to excessive noise.

Types of work where excessive noise exposure is most commonly associated include work carried out in the shipbuilding, engineering, steel and manufacturing industries.

Signs of Noise induced hearing loss

The onset of noise induced hearing loss, usually affects sufferers on a gradual basis and therefore one  may not be aware that their hearing has been damaged by exposure to noise. The symptoms only become noticeable when the hearing loss becomes more pronounced. Sufferers commonly report that they have noticed others advising them that they are struggling to hear conversations or are turning the television up louder at home.

It is n important not to ignore the signs of hearing loss as there are strict time limits for  bringing a claim for noise induced hearing loss. Specifically, sufferers only have three years from the date that they first noticed a significant hearing problem which a reasonable person knowing what they knew, would have attributed this in whole or in part to noise exposure in the workplace.

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 industrail deafness 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.

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