Tinnitus Causes

Buzzing in the ears or tinnitus is common and may occur at any age. A lot of people have an occasional instance of ringing in the ears after working in a noisy workplace. For many people, this can be temporary and soon will go. As many as 10 % people have prolonged ringing in the ears that is mild and not really annoying. However, about one in one-hundred people have tinnitus which persists most of the time, and seriously impacts their quality of life and qualify to make a claim for compensation. If you feel that you’re suffering from tinnitus because of your work, then use our compensation calculator to see how much you may be entitled to claim.

Common causes of Tinnitus and ‘Industrial Hearing Loss’

One of the most common causes of tinnitus is prolonged exposure to very loud noise. Some people develop persistent tinnitus after being subjected to loud noise for a number of years, for example after years of working in a loud job. Some of these typical workplaces can include:

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  • Construction or building sites
  • Ship yards
  • Coal mines
  • Forging, pressing or stamping
  • Canning or bottling
  • Garages or workshops
  • Paper, printing or board making
  • The Army
  • Call centres

Have you worked in these places?

If you have worked in any one of these places have have developed tinnitus or industrial deafness as a result, then call our help line on 0800 122 3130 or complete our claim form and we can call you back about your claim for tinnitus.

Alternatively, try our free compensation calculator to see how much you can claim.

What are the symptoms for Tinnitus?

Most tinnitus is perceived as a high-pitched sound such as buzzing, whistling or hissing. You’ll find, however, a few other forms of symptoms of tinnitus.

For some, the signs and symptoms of tinnitus can be a low – pitch noise, such as rumbling, humming, murmuring or deep drone. Others with tinnitus experience musical hallucinations, where they regularly pick up songs or musical tunes in their head.

If you have been told you have some of the tinnitus symptoms below or feel that you have tinnitus because you worked in a loud call centre, ship yard, building site or factory then talk to our tinnitus claims team to see if you are eligible to make a compensation claim for your tinnitus – call 0800 122 3130. You can also start a claim online by filling out a ringing in the ears claim form and one of our solicitors will call you back.

Do you hear a low- frequency humming?
Those who constantly hear low- pitch sounds often think it’s coming from an external source instead of from inside their heads.

To determine where the sounds that you can hear is coming from, ask someone else whether they can hear it. If they can hear the noise, it is unlikely that you’re suffering from tinnitus.

Do you hear ‘musical hallucinations’?
Sound hallucinations tend to be more typical amongst people with long term hearing loss and tinnitus. However, sometimes they are also experienced by those that have average hearing and people with an increased sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis).

As with other signs and symptoms of tinnitus, there is sometimes no apparent reason for musical hallucinations. However, anxiety can often be a trigger.

Can you hear a pulsing noise?
Pulsatile tinnitus is a type of tinnitus in which you hear rhythmical sounds that beat in time with your heartbeat. It’s usually caused by either blood circulation changes in the blood vessels near your ear or heightened awareness of the blood flow near your ears.

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