Life with Tinnitus — I Hold My Employer Accountable for My Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

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    1. Gansen Moodley

      Gansen Moodley Member

      Location:
      Richards Bay, KwaZul;u Natal
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Through noise induced hearing loss
      Hello my name is Gansen Moodley and I am a victim of tinnitus. My noise induced hearing loss since 2015 which was neglected by my company resulted in a >20% hearing loss and tinnitus in 2018.

      How do people live with this?

      When I go to sleep I wish I would not wake up during the night. If I get up any earlier, like this morning I got up at 02h39m, I cannot sleep again because of the noise in the ears, and this has been happening for almost a year.

      I hold my company accountable for placing a tenant in my head.
       
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    2. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
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    3. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Why are you blaming your company?
       
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      AUTHOR
      Gansen Moodley

      Gansen Moodley Member

      Location:
      Richards Bay, KwaZul;u Natal
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Through noise induced hearing loss
      My company has been tracking my hearing loss since 2002, and when it started deviating in 2015 they should have immediately taken me of the noisy work environment which is 105db, but instead left me there until too late which was September 2018, and now through this hearing loss I now have tinnitus
       

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    5. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Were you provided any hearing protection while you were working there?

      Where is this company located?
       
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      AUTHOR
      Gansen Moodley

      Gansen Moodley Member

      Location:
      Richards Bay, KwaZul;u Natal
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Through noise induced hearing loss
      Hello
      Yes I was provided with hearing protection, and wore them religiously. My company is situated in Richards Bay, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
       
    7. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      HI @Gansen Moodley

      Your tinnitus could have been caused by exposure to loud noise also resulting in hearing loss, since you work in a noisy environment. Even when wearing hearing protection, if external noise/ sound is loud enough it can pass through the head/skull and be transferred to the inner ear by Bone conduction - and therefore I don't think any form of hearing protection can prevent this. Proving that working in a noisy environment caused your tinnitus and hearing loss might be difficult as other things can cause this too. Using headphones at too high a volume without realising it. Going to clubs or concerts were loud music is played. These are just a few examples of tinnitus caused by exposure to loud noise.

      All the best
      Michael
       
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      AUTHOR
      Gansen Moodley

      Gansen Moodley Member

      Location:
      Richards Bay, KwaZul;u Natal
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Through noise induced hearing loss
      Thanks Michael
      My audiologist did mention that my Tinnitus was caused as a result of my hearing loss. The very same day she tried to introduce melodious sounds through my hearing aid, to comfort the tinnitus, but sadly the tinnitus was louder than any sound she tried to introduce
      My first issue is that when my sleep breaks at odd times, I cannot go back to sleep, due to the quietness the ringing in my ears seems louder and prevents me from going back to sleep. Is this normal
      My second problem is when driving I get vertigo, does not happen often, but once this year, the car is moving at 120km/hour but seems at a standstill, is this related my hearing loss or tinnitus
       
    9. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      HI @Gansen Moodley

      Please quote my text or write my name as: @Michael Leigh then I should receive an Alert message. I have quoted your text and written your name as examples.

      Vertigo is not normally associated with tinnitus that is primarily "noise induced", although it can be linked to medical conditions within the ear/auditory system that cause tinnitus and hearing loss. One example is Meniere's. Hearing loss can cause tinnitus and if this is the case then it wasn't Noise induced. A person developing tinnitus from hearing loss, once fitted with a hearing aid/s supplies the brain with additional sound from the outside environment - the brain over time will lower it's internal gain rather like a volume control and thus, reducing the tinnitus too.

      Some hearing aids are dual purpose, having a hearing aid fitted and also white noise or various melodious sounds, that you mention which can be selected. Some people find using the hearing aid with white noise or other sounds causes irritation. The purpose of using white noise or associated sounds is to treat the tinnitus. However, this is not always necessary, as the hearing aid is quite sufficient at providing the brain and auditory system with increased sound, as mentioned above and this is enough to lower the tinnitus over time. Therefore, it might be a good idea to turn off the white noise or accompanying sounds you mention and just use the hearing aid for now.

      Try to avoid sleeping in a quiet room by using low level sound enrichment at night by the bedside.

      All the best
      Michael
       
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      AUTHOR
      Gansen Moodley

      Gansen Moodley Member

      Location:
      Richards Bay, KwaZul;u Natal
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Through noise induced hearing loss
      Hi @Michael Leigh
      Thank you, I will certainly try your two recommendations.
       
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    11. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Are you considering any legal action?
       
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      AUTHOR
      Gansen Moodley

      Gansen Moodley Member

      Location:
      Richards Bay, KwaZul;u Natal
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Through noise induced hearing loss
      Unfortunately companies are protected by COIDA, and they certainly enjoy the immunity of this, so basically they can injure employees an not be help accountable, therefore I cannot take my company to court as much as I would like to.
      Imagine living with tinnitus which resulted from work related noise and the company gets away, not fair
       
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    13. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      What?! That's so unfair! You should be able to sue them!
       

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