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Tinnitus and Hearing Loss: the Facts

Around six million people in the UK suffer from tinnitus.

Of those, two thirds also have hearing loss.

This is a lot of people, and more than you might have thought.

Since it is tinnitus awareness week we thought we would tell you a little about the condition and what can cause it.

Unfortunately at the moment there are no cures for tinnitus and hearing loss.

However, if your condition was caused by noise exposure at work and your employer failed to provide you with protective equipment, our industrial disease solicitors can help you make a claim.


What is Tinnitus?

So, what is tinnitus?

Most people describe it as a ringing in their ears, but it can manifest in different ways.

As a tinnitus sufferer you might hear:

  • Hissing
  • Sizzling
  • Buzzing
  • Whooshing
  • White noise

You might experience all, some or just one of the above.

It may be occasional or permanent, and can be high, medium or low pitched.

Some people hear a noise which beats in time with their heart, which is called pulsatile tinnitus.

Others can hear tunes or songs, which are known as musical hallucinations.

Sometimes people with tinnitus can tune it out, but others may experience more persistent symptoms.

It can be distressing, causing sleep and hearing difficulties, and sometimes anxiety.

Causes of Tinnitus

The exact cause of the condition has not been uncovered yet.

However, most cases are linked to hearing loss which has been caused by damage to a person’s inner ear.

This damage can sometimes be put down to old age, but it also happens after exposure to loud noise.

A less common cause for hearing loss and tinnitus is a blockage or condition which affects the outer ear.

One condition which affects this part of the ear is a torn eardrum, which can be also caused by loud noises.

Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

Not everyone who has tinnitus has hearing loss, and visa versa.

But for those who have both, life can be challenging.

If you do having both, you may be more aware of your tinnitus since you won’t hear as many external sounds which could mask it.

Industrial Disease Solicitors in Manchester

Here at AWH Solicitors we understand that living with tinnitus, hearing loss, or both can be difficult.

What can be even more frustrating is if your condition has been caused through someone else’s carelessness.

If you experience tinnitus and/or hearing loss because of an employer’s failure to provide ear protection at work, we can help you claim compensation.

You shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence.

Get in touch – our expert industrial disease solicitors can help you.

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