Tinnitus compensation is one of the areas What’s My Deafness Claim Worth specialise in, with over a third of adults experiencing the symptoms at some point in their lives. If your tinnitus is due to working in a noisy environment then it is likely you are eligible to make a claim for tinnitus compensation. See our guide below and learn more about tinnitus and if you have the symptoms.
In the last few years, there has been a significant rise in the number of workers suffering from Tinnitus with over a third of adults experiencing the symptoms at some point in their lives.
The Team at What’s My Deafness Claim Worth specialises in Tinnitus compensation. If you have, or are in employed by a noisy environment, then it’s likely you are eligible to make a claim for the condition. Discover our guide below to find out more about Tinnitus and if you are suffering from the symptoms of it.
What is Tinnitus?
Although many of us may have already suffered some of the symptoms of tinnitus, such as ringing in our ears after being exposed to loud music, these symptoms do disappear after a short time.
The way people experience Tinnitus varies, but is more often that not described as a sound that a person hears from inside their body, rather than from an external, outside source. It’s often referred to as ‘ringing in the ears’ but it can present several different types of symptoms including buzzing, humming, whistling, sizzling, hissing and grinding.
It’s a common condition that can be present at any age and a third of adults report some tinnitus. It is rarely linked to any serious health conditions.
What are causes of Tinnitus
There are a number of contributing causes of Tinnitus. They can be linked to exposure of loud noise, hearing loss, head injuries, ear infections, diseases of the ear, or emotional stress. It can also be a side effect from medication,or a combination of all these things.
Some of the most common causes of Tinnitus include:
If you are suffering from an ear infection, it can cause discomfort and a buildup of earwax that blocks the ear, and if left untreated may lead into hearing loss. It’s important to visit your GP, who will be able to treat the infection.
The Control of Noise at Work regulations came into force in 2006. This is to make sure your employer monitors the amount of noise you are exposed to at work to ensure you are not exposed to levels about the limit set out. This ensures that workers’ heading is protected from excessive noise at their place of work, especially if you work in loud conditions, for hours at a time. There is a lot of evidence to connect continued exposure to noise with hearing loss, and tinnitus.
Although stress does not cause tinnitus, studies have shown that it can have an impact on it. Tinnitus in itself can make you feel stressed, and stress management can be an effective way of dealing with this.
Medication that may be damaging to hearing is usually described as being “ototoxic”. There are very few ototoxic drugs and they are usually prescribed for serious life threatening conditions. In these cases, the seriousness of the condition outweighs the risk of damage to hearing. Where Ototoxic medication is prescribed, patients are usually strictly monitored.
If you are on medication, and tinnitus is described as a possible side effect this doesn’t mean all patients will develop the condition. With all medication, people do react differently, it’s important to remember the condition for which the medication has been prescribed may cause the tinnitus to become worse or the added stress of the condition, rather than the medication itself.
If you have any queries about the medication you are taking, or if you feel it is causing your tinnitus to become worse then you should consult your pharmacist or GP for advice.
Treatment of Tinnitus
Although there is no medication which has been shown to effectively treat tinnitus itself, any treatment you have depends on what is causing your tinnitus. This is why it’s important to try and identify and treat the underlying cause of it.
Sometimes, tinnitus does improve slowly over time. This is due to a process called habituation, meaning your brain learns to get used to tinnitus so it doesn’t have such an impact on your life any more.
How do I claim for Tinnitus compensation?
If you are suffering from any of above sensations in your ears, and have been exposed to a loud working environment, you could be suffering from tinnitus. Here at What’s My Deafness Claim Worth, we understand the effects tinnitus can have on sufferers and the the impact on everyday life. We have specialist team of solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist who will guide you through the claims process.
If you have worked in a noisy environment within the last 3 years, get in contact today to find out how much your claim could be worth, it’s important for you to get the compensation that you deserve.