Q What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a medical condition that causes irregular noises inside the inner ear. Caused when the hairs inside the inner ear become damaged, tinnitus often manifests as ringing, buzzing, or hissing noises in the ear. When a person suffers from tinnitus, the auditory cells send random electrical impulses to the brain and translate the impulses as noise. The condition can occur in one or both ears and can include both high and low frequencies.
Tinnitus sufferers frequently have trouble sleeping, concentrating, and hearing simple sounds like speech, doorbells, and music.
Many workers who are employed in jobs where they are exposed to frequent, persistent loud sounds are at risk for tinnitus. This includes construction workers, those in the music industry, landscapers, cleaning crews, and other workers exposed to jackhammers, welding tools, drills, and lawnmowers.
How do you treat tinnitus?
Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for tinnitus. Regular ear wax cleanings and ear irrigations are recommended to alleviate symptoms. There are several treatments that are available to help sufferers cope with their condition like sound therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and tinnitus counseling.
If you feel as though you suffer from tinnitus as the result of a work-related accident or occupational exposure, contact a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney. Attorney Manfred Ricciardelli can help you get proper compensation for your condition. Please contact us today for a free consultation at 973-285-110.