Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: Tinnitus
The ringing in your ears at the end of a concert can be a sign of a good night out, but for many people that ringing is a constant in their life.
Many musicians live with ringing in their ears – or tinnitus – all the time.
Noise-induced hearing loss, or NIHL is a lot more common than you might think.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a complex condition which affects a wide range of people across all ages.
It is estimated that 30 percent of people will suffer from tinnitus at some point in their life; the buzzing or ringing may fade, but in some unfortunate cases it remains permanent.
Research has also shown that people who listen to a lot of music or play music frequently may be subject to musical hallucinations.
This is when a person thinks that music is being played, even though in reality it is not.
The ringing tends to affect people more in a quiet environment and so may disturb sleep or cause a distraction when trying to concentrate.
The constant irritation may lead to being quick-tempered, which can lead to changing behaviours and negatively impact relationships.
Popular Musicians with Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Over the years there has been numerous examples of high-profile, popular musicians who suffer from conditions such as tinnitus, damaged hearing or even hearing loss as a result of exposure to loud music.
Chris Martin from Coldplay, Brian Johnson from ACDC and Pete Townsend from The Who are among many that have had their hearing negatively impacted by extremely loud music.
More recently, the Black Eyed Peas member, Will.I.am. and rapper Plan B, have reported to be suffering with constant tinnitus exemplifying the very real and negative impact this can have on people who have been exposed to loud music.
It is not just rock musicians who can be affected either, as was shown by the case of viola player Chris Goldscheider who was subject to acoustic shock whilst playing in an orchestra.
Earlier this year Mr Goldscheider won his case against the Royal Opera House for causing permanent hearing damage which resulted in tinnitus, the BBC reported.
Although loud music is the leading cause of hearing damage such as tinnitus, other areas of work like construction work can also lead to problems like this too.
The use of equipment like jackhammers or chainsaws too often or for too long can cause permanent hearing damage, which is irreversible and incurable.
Can Anything Be Done About It?
Often the stress and worry of hearing the noise can make the symptoms worse because the more that a person thinks about it, the more they are aware of it.
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure.
Medical professionals are attempting to work on ways to deal with it, which includes treatment like TRT (Tinnitus Retraining Therapy).
This technique uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help sufferers of hearing damage mask the ringing sound, teaching them how to condition their mind and eventually ignore it.
Ask for Help
If you or a member of your family are suffering with tinnitus or hearing loss symptoms, particularly if the damage is a result of an unmonitored work environment please do not hesitate to get in touch with our expert and specialist team who can assist you in obtaining compensation.
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