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Types of Hearing Loss

A loss of hearing or a ringing in the ears, otherwise known as tinnitus, is common and can occur at any age.

For Tinnitus – most people feel a continuous ‘ringing’ or ‘buzzing’ in the ears, but there are other recorded symptoms too. The condition is often caused by working in noisy work environments which include factories, ship yards and warehouses. We have also helped a number of clients who have developed tinnitus through serving in the Armed Forces. For many, tinnitus is a temporary condition which goes very quickly. Around 10% of people have extended industrial tinnitus; a condition which is mild and not very irritating. However, approximately one in every one hundred people suffers with tinnitus that is persistent; it seriously affects their standard of living. In many of these cases, the cause can be traced back to a time spent working in a noisy environment, which was often many years before the tinnitus even became noticeable.

At Mercury Legal Online, we’ve helped hundreds of victims of noise-induced hearing loss. If you feel that you’re suffering as a result of tinnitus, contact one of our experienced team and we may be able to help you claim compensation for negligence.

Symptoms work related deafness

High-frequency noises, such as ringing, whistling, hissing and buzzing are all thought to be key symptoms of tinnitus. However, you may find that there are other kinds of symptoms, too. For many people, the symptoms of tinnitus can be suffering a constant, low – pitch noise in the ears, for instance a form of rumbling, murmuring or deep drone. Others experience musical hallucinations and frequently pick up songs or musical patterns in their head. If you have been diagnosed with any of the symptoms above or believe that you are suffering with tinnitus as the result of a lack of hearing protection in a noisy environment, contact our tinnitus compensation team to discover if you are able to make a claim for compensation. If you’d prefer us to call you back, we can arrange that here.

Types of symptoms

People who are suffering with a constant, low-pitch buzzing often think that it’s originating from another source than inside their heads or ears. To determine where the sound is come from, ask others if they can hear it. If they can, it’s unlikely that you are suffering with tinnitus. Musical hallucinations are a more typical symptom of tinnitus and long-term hearing loss. Nevertheless, they can be experienced by people who have regular hearing with heightened awareness of sound. For sufferers of tinnitus, there is sometimes no clear reason for the hallucinations, but they can be triggered by anxiety. Sufferers of tinnitus sometimes experience a pulsating in the ear; they hear rhythmical noises which beat in time with their pulse. This is normally brought on by changes to blood flow in the blood vessels near the ear or heightened awareness of blood flow near the ears. The flow of blood through the artery can sometimes become restricted and this could be due to a build-up of fatty deposits in the artery wall, which cause the artery to narrow.

Is there a cure for tinnitus?

A lot of our clients tell us that they have improvised their own white noise meters to deal with tinnitus. They do this by tuning the radio onto empty wavelengths, reporting that, to an extent, the static or ‘white noise’ relieves their symptoms. Digital hearing assistive devices have recently been launched, which claim to assist in counterbalancing the buzzing, however as yet such aids aren’t available on the NHS.

Can I claim compensation for tinnitus?

Take a look at our compensation calculator which can give you an idea of how much compensation you may be able to claim for tinnitus or noise-induced hearing loss. You can also contact us by calling our free helpline on 0800 122 3130 or request to receive a free call back.

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Symptoms of Hearing Loss?

Do you work in a noisy factory, coal mine or have you served in the Armed Forces? If you have worked in any one of these places have have developed the symptoms of hearing loss or tinnitus as a result, then call our help line on 0800 122 3130.

Tea Party to raise money for Tinnitus

Rock band the Inspiral Carpets recently held a tea party to raise money for the British Tinnitus Association following the death of their drummer who had suffered from tinnitus for almost twenty years before taking his own life as a result of the stress caused by it. The band who were part of the ‘Madchester’ scene in the 1990s, held the party at The Smiths room in the legendary Salford Lads’ Club and aimed to raise £500 for the BTA, and while final figures are still being added up, it appears the event was far more successful than they’d hoped, raising at least half of the amount before the event even started. Craig Gill had joined the band at the age of fourteen and was described by his band mates as the ‘beating heart’ of the group. Tragically he took his own life at his home in Saddleworth last year after suffering from the debilitating effects of the condition for twenty years. Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears, although those affected may hear other noises such as whistling, hissing or humming. It is most often caused by prolonged or frequent exposure to loud noise and so musicians, particularly those in the rock and pop genres are in a particularly high-risk profession. There are not any medicines which have been shown to effectively treat tinnitus, but that does not mean that it cannot be treated. There are medicines available that can treat the underlying cause; such as an ear infection, but in most cases the effects of tinnitus can be minimised by making changes to your... read more

Look after your ears at festivals

If like many thousands of others you are planning to go and enjoy some live music this summer, be careful that you don’t unwittingly endanger your hearing. If you have ever returned from a loud festival or concert and found that your ears are still ringing then you will have a basic understanding of what Tinnitus is; but imagine that the ringing never goes away. According to the charity Action on Hearing Loss, the average nightclub has a sound level of over 100 decibels, whereas the average for a rock concert is 110 decibels. Bearing in mind that exposure to noise levels above 85db is damaging to the ear, it doesn’t take an expert to work out that spending a few days exposed to very loud noise is potentially very dangerous to your hearing. While we understand that the volume of the music is a crucial part of the atmosphere of a concert or festival, there are a variety of ways we can minimise the risk of hearing damage while still enjoying the experience. Action on Hearing Loss has five top tips: Don’t stand too near the speakers for a prolonged amount of time Take breaks between acts Make sure you keep your body hydrated to increase blood circulation and keep your body and ears healthy Wear ear plugs Make sure your children wear ear defenders. Don’t ear plugs take the fun away? In a nutshell; no. Modern ear plugs are designed to reduce the harmful sound frequencies without reducing the quality of the sound, so you can enjoy the music without the risk of hearing loss. While many... read more

The “Hum in the Drum”

One of this year’s most critically acclaimed movies has been the romantic musical disguised as a car-chase thriller: Baby Driver. While audiences have marvelled at the range and standard of the film’s eclectic and marvellous soundtrack, it hides a far deeper and darker reasoning for the range of music played. One of the main stars of the film is a getaway driver who suffers from tinnitus as a result of a childhood accident. The soundtrack to the film is based on the salvational soundtrack to his life that he creates in order to drown out the constant distraction of the debilitating condition. Tinnitus can manifest itself in a variety of noises, but is often described as a ringing, whistling or buzzing within the ear when there is no other source of sound. It can develop as a result of damage to the tiny hairs that act as sensory receptors within the ears. This damage is most often caused by exposure to loud noise; either over a long period of time, or exposure to extremely loud noise over a shorter period of time. According to Dr LaGuinn Sherlock, a clinical audiologist currently researching the effects of tinnitus on concentration, tinnitus can be described using the analogy of a dark room: “Picture a dark room, if you add one candle to the room you’ll notice it straight away. However if you light a candle in a room already full of light, it is less noticeable.” In essence, tinnitus is a sense of noise that fills a missing gap, even when there is nothing to cause it. It is important to remember... read more