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Buzzing in Your Ears?

Most of the symptoms associated with a buzzing in the ears are thought to be a piercing sound, for instance, hissing or whistling. If you’re experiencing a prolonged buzzing sound in the ears, there is a high chance that you could be suffering with tinnitus.

For many people, the signs and symptoms of a buzzing in the ears can be low-pitch sound, for instance a murmuring, humming, mumbling or deep drone. Others experience musical hallucinations, where they hear songs in their head repeatedly.

Buzzing can develop from:-

  • Ear infections – tinnitus can develop from an inflammation in the ear
  • High blood pressure – Hypertension or other factors that increase blood pressure
  • Earwax – Excessive earwax can result in hearing loss and irritation
  • Head or Neck injury – Accidental head injury can affect the inner ear and cause tinnitus, occasionally just in one ear

Exposure to loud noises

People exposed to continuous loud noises, for instance those working with heavy equipment, British Rail workers and Miners, frequently suffer from ‘noise-induced hearing loss’. Short-term exposure to loud noises may include loud or faulty MP3 players, iPods and call centre headsets, which can cause temporary tinnitus. Prolonged exposure, however, can cause permanent tinnitus. If you’ve been diagnosed with tinnitus or are suffering any of the above symptoms or a buzzing in the ears and you believe that this is as a result of working in a loud factory, ship yard, construction site or mine, give us a call on 0800 122 3130 to see if you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. You can also start a claim online by filling out a ringing in the ears claim form and one of our friendly solicitors will call you back.

How do I know if I am suffering with tinnitus?

Do you frequently pick up a low-pitch noise? People who do often think that it is originating from an external source rather than from inside their ears. To discover where the buzzing is coming from, speak to other people to find out if they can hear it. If they can, it is unlikely that you are suffering with tinnitus. Can you hear ‘musical hallucinations’? These are more common amongst people with long-term hearing loss and tinnitus. However, sometimes they are also experienced by people with standard hearing and those with an increased awareness of sound (hyperacusis). There is sometimes no apparent reason for these hallucinations, but anxiety can sometimes be a trigger. Can you hear a pulsing sound? Pulsatile tinnitus is a form of tinnitus in which a person hears rhythmical sounds that beat in time with the heart. It’s normally caused by either changes in blood flow in the blood vessels by your ear or an increased awareness of the blood flow next to your ears. The blood flow through an artery can also sometimes become restricted. This could be due to a build-up of fatty deposits on the inside wall of the artery and may cause the artery to narrow.

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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