One of the treatments that have been found to assist sufferers of Tinnitus in minimising or at least reducing the discomfort is the use of White Noise.
White noise is a type of noise that is produced by combining sounds of all different frequencies together. If you took all of the imaginable tones that a human can hear and combined them together, you would have white noise.
The adjective “white” is used to describe this type of noise because of the way white light works. White light is light that is made up of all of the different colours (frequencies) of light combined together (a prism or a rainbow separates white light back into its component colours). In the same way, white noise is a combination of all of the different frequencies of sound. You can think of white noise as 20,000 tones all playing at the same time.
How does it help?
People who suffer from Tinnitus often complain about noses inside their heads: whether that is ringing in the ears, buzzing, whistling or any other sound that can only be heard by the sufferer. White Noise generating machines can help to reduce the suffering by replacing some of the internal sounds with the noise from the machine; essentially overriding or camouflaging the noises heard by the sufferer.
Types of machines
There are two main types of machine to chose from: a pure white noise machine that generates the sound naturally with air, or the second type being a machine which has recording of white noise, and possibly a range of sound-scapes such as oceans, rain, river or forest. As with any products, you essentially get what you pay for; the more you spend the more features will be available. Be sure to find a machine that suits your needs as well as your budget.
Who else can help?
If you have developed tinnitus or other hearing problems and you think that they are a result of your employment, you might be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If it can be proved that the damage was caused not just through age-related hearing loss, and that the noisy environment in which you worked played a part in your hearing loss, you could make a claim. Contact one of our highly experienced solicitors today to find out more about the claims process and see if you can get the pay out you deserve.