How We Look At Tinnitus May Be Changing
Tinnitus affects around 10% of adults in the UK. It is the constant presence of phantom sounds without a source and often comes in the form of ringing in the ears. The diagnosis for, and treatment of tinnitus is difficult and most people are not aware that if their tinnitus was from the result of working in a noisy environment, they can claim compensation.
Study Breaks New Ground
A new study conducted at Newcastle University
has changed the way scientists are looking at tinnitus. In a rare and ground-breaking opportunity, they monitored the brain of a tinnitus patient directly to find out the brain networks involved in the condition. They found that the auditory sections of the brain that we know of involved with tinnitus are not the only sections of the brain engaged when the condition manifests itself.
They are hoping that this will change the way we look at, and treat tinnitus as a condition. This was only one case study, but they hope to find many more willing participants to further their research. This new discovery goes some way to explain why tinnitus has been so hard to treat in the past.
So, What Does This Mean for Tinnitus Sufferers?
Treating tinnitus has been especially difficult as doctors and scientists had trouble pinpointing exactly what they were treating. Treatments include things like sound therapy, tinnitus counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT).
It's important to note that all of these things are treatments and not cures. This new information can only improve the treatments for tinnitus but as of yet there is no cure
Recognising that tinnitus is a long-term condition that can affect your quality of life can help in terms of gaining compensation if your tinnitus developed in the workplace
There are some professions where you are already at risk of tinnitus. Those who are at particular risk are those working in:
- Call centres
- Construction Work
Bar workers, music event staff and groundsmen are also at risk.
If your loved ones are telling you that you listen to the TV too loud, you can’t hear people on the phone or you constantly hear high pitched sounds but can't find their cause following a noisy work environment, you may have tinnitus.
If this is you, call us today and talk to one of our solicitors. From the facts you give them, they'll be able to explain to you how the claims process
works and what you can expect. There may not be a cure for tinnitus but you can right the wrongs of your employer.