Tinnitus is the medical name for the perception of noise in one ear, both ears or the head. The noise comes from inside the body rather than an outside source. People with tinnitus can experience different types of sound. Most people describe it as a ringing sound but other sounds may include:
Tinnitus leaves people with a constant loud ringing in their ears, which is actually a phantom sound. The illness is a direct consequence of increased proximity to loud sounds for extended periods of time, creating the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. Sometimes, the noise associated with tinnitus beats in time with a person’s pulse. This is known as pulsatile tinnitus. Tinnitus is often worse at quiet times, such as when you are trying to get to sleep. This is because there is less background noise to distract you from the sounds of tinnitus. The sound may also be more noticeable when you are tired.
Tinnitus is most commonly caused by damage that occurs inside the inner ear. Tinnitus may also develop because of:
A head injury
Exposure to a sudden or very loud noise, such as gunfire or an explosion
Acoustic neuroma – a rare, non-cancerous growth that affects the hearing nerve in the inner ear
Adverse reactions to certain medications, such as antibiotics, diuretics, quinine and aspirin (this is more likely to occur when the recommended dosage is exceeded)
How common is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a common condition. Approximately 1 in 10 people in the UK have some awareness of tinnitus. However, only 1 in 200 people are severely affected by it. People of all ages can have tinnitus, including young children, but it is more common in older people. The British Tinnitus Association says that about 10% of the UK adult population has mild tinnitus all the time and, in up to 1% of adults, this may affect their quality of life. Sufferers never experience pure silence, and many struggle to fall asleep. This can lead to depression and anxiety, having a severe impact on domestic and working life.
Pursue your tinnitus claim today
If you are suffering from tinnitus as a direct result of over exposure to noise in the work place then you could be entitled to some compensation. Occupations which are most frequently affected by industrial deafness and tinnitus are those who use heavy machinery and include the manufacturing, construction, agriculture and transport industries.
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