May
28
2015

Would you like a mute button for your tinnitus?

A brand new medical device, which has been on the market in the Republic of Ireland since December 2014, helps to train the brain to ignore and stop a person’s tinnitus symptoms. In early trials this ground breaking new device is thought to reduce the volume of a sufferer’s tinnitus by as much as 40%.

The tinnitus prevention device, also called a Mutebutton, uses a mixture of headphones and a small electrical device, which sits on the tongue to stimulate it using a small electrical current. The headphones put through a mixture of nature sounds and relaxing music in time with this current. The aim is to stimulate the nerves in the tongue in time with the music.

It is hoped, that as tinnitus is a phantom sound created by the brain, that this mixture of stimulus can change the pattern of tinnitus behaviour. The device was used by the patients, suffering from varying degrees of tinnitus, for 30 minutes a day for 10 weeks, and could mark the beginning of a successful method of curing tinnitus.

Tinnitus is very common in the United Kingdom. It is estimated that approximately 5 million men and women suffer with tinnitus, which can either be in the form of background noise or as a more pernicious constant noise that severely affects the quality of a sufferer’s life.

Often tinnitus is linked to noise exposure, particularly excessive levels of noise at work. This noise is then overcompensated by the brain which can then produce tinnitus as a result.

This device’s testing comes at a time when there is increasing evidence that the development of tinnitus does not just occur in the brains auditory section but could be found to be connected to other parts of the brain as well. These further developments acknowledge the potential that tinnitus cannot just be cured by treatments solely to the brains auditory response alone and that a multi-sensory approach may be the best hope for a permanent cure.

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.

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