Tinnitus Awareness Week


  • Takes place 8th-14th February, with the sole aim of raising awareness of the Tinnitus condition
  • The 10th Anniversary is focussed upon prevention of Tinnitus
  • Two campaigns are running this year: Plug'em and Tea For Tinnitus – so everyone can get involved

The annual British Tinnitus Association (BTA) awareness week is taking place form the 8th-14th February in 2016. For sufferers of Tinnitus and hearing loss caused by excessive noise, the week highlights the host of problems that come with damaged hearing, and aims to help others protect their ears – whether that's in their social or working lives.

How loud is loud?

For many people, damage to their hearing is not something they worry about. But if you've been exposed to excessive noise and your hearing has deteriorated, you could have long lasting, or even permanent damage.

Exposure at work is more common than you may think, especially for those who work in:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Music Venues

Working in a noisy environment is unavoidable for some, but if the noise level gets to 80 decibels, you employer is obliged to ensure that you’re given the appropriate level of training so that you can fully understand the risks involved in working in that kind of noise. Hearing protection should be made readily available.

If the noise level goes above and beyond 85 decibels, not only should the protection be available, but you should be provided with ear protection specifically to protect your hearing and advised to wear it at all times.

What is Plug'em?

The BTA's Tinnitus awareness week is not just for people in excessively noisy working environments; it aims itself at young people too – in the form of Plug'em.

Plug'em is a brand new campaign launched by the BTA for the 10th anniversary of Tinnitus awareness week – specifically for young people. It is supported by many musicians, including Mark Ronson, who has commented:

"I’ve had tinnitus for over 10 years and it affects me 24/7. I wish I had been smart enough to Plug’em earlier. I make sure that I do it now though."

Lots of young people don't know about the risks they face to their hearing by exposing themselves to loud environments. This could happen in a whole host of places:

  • Clubs,
  • Gigs,
  • Festivals.

As well as raising awareness, the Plug'em campaign aims to reduce the stigma associated with wearing hearing protection amongst young people – after all, you only get one set of ears, it's vitally important to protect them!

To get involved with Plug'em, check out their website at: www.plugem.co.uk, alternatively, follow on twitter: www.twitter.com/plug_em

How About Tea For Tinnitus?

The second campaign being run by the BTA is a much more proactive one; for Tinnitus Awareness Week, they would also like to get people talking about Tinnitus, how different people manage it, and to raise vital funds to help the BTA with its continued work for anyone who may be affected.

A Tea For Tinnitus event can be hosted by anyone – all you need to do is invite your family, friends, colleagues (and anyone else) to a gathering for a cup of tea and a cake – all you need to do is take a small donation, and get everyone involved in talking about Tinnitus issues!

For more information on how to arrange your own Tea For Tinnitus event, just go to their website: www.teafortinnitus.co.uk, alternatively, if you'd just like to attend, check out the existing parties at www.teafortinnitus.co.uk/events.

Can Simpson Millar Help You?

If you have been affected by excessive noise, Simpson Millar's expert team of solicitors could help you.

If you are suffering the effects of damaged hearing, such as dizziness, motion sickness, or disorientation you should seek medical help in the first instance. If you have ringing, whistling, hissing, buzzing, or humming in your ears, you may well have Tinnitus. All forms of hearing damage from excessive exposure to high levels of noise can leave you feeling stressed, fatigued, and irritable.

We deal with claims of this nature frequently and will always give you straightforward, jargon-free advice so you know exactly what you can and can't claim for. A compensation claim for noise induced hearing loss does not need to be complicated.

All you need to do is call us on 0808 129 3320 or fill out our enquiry form.

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