Tinnitus Disability in Ontario, Canada?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Narciso, Oct 29, 2015.

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    1. Narciso

      Narciso Member

      Location:
      Ontario
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Has anyone out there in Ontario (or other part of Canada) being approved for disability due to Tinnitus?

      I would really appreciate you share your experience.
       
    2. John G

      John G Member

      Hi Narcisco,

      Great question. I would also like to know the answer to your question. I bet it would be hard to get disability because how could we explain/prove to doctor that what the tinnitus is doing to us. For me the ringing,fullness in ear causes me to be out of touch mentally and cant concentrate,extreme fatigue etc....but I bet my doc would say its all stress and you are fine. I hate my doctor lol
       
    3. CDNThailand

      CDNThailand Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/17/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      MP3, Stress, TMJ
      I wonder also
       
    4. RonnieCarzatto
      Cynical

      RonnieCarzatto Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Feb 01 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Mild head injury
      I live in Southern Ontario in the Greater Toronto Area. Short answer is no. Went to emerg. about tinnitus, was sent on my merry way saying "it usually resolves itself". Saw the very uninterested doctor for less than 5 minutes despite an 8 hour wait. Despite mentioning how debilitating it was and the extreme lack of sleep I'm getting. The depression, etc.. She saw no ear drum damage and determined my hearing was fine. I think she thiught I was overexaggerating the problem.

      Also went to my family doctor who had no clue. Said he would refer me to ENT. It's been two weeks and still I have heard nothing. Frankly, I don't think it's something taken very seriously around here.

      I'm sure certain circumstances, such as fully losing hearing, would say otherwise...

      There is a clinic that specializes in tinnitus treatments in Mississauga, Ontario.
       
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    5. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Ambassador

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Tinnitus comes in many forms and intensities and no two people experience it the same. Contrary to what some people might believe, most medical doctors are aware of this and will support someone who is unable to work and wanting to claim disability for instance. Of course, this also depends on which country one lives. In the UK for example it is regarded as a disability by the relevant people dealing with disability and work. I will not go into too much detail in a public forum. However, I will say, if a person is genuine and their tinnitus is severe enough that it prevents them from working. Once they fit a certain criteria ( I'm not prepared to say what that is here) they are dealt with understanding and a degree of sympathy.

      However, if a person is able to chat in Internet forums and on other social media websites regularly, I think most people would agree, such a person can't then say, they have loud intrusive tinnitus that they find debilitating and prevents them from working or carrying out normal every day tasks.
      Michael
       
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    6. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      It depends if their work consists of "chatting in Internet forums and other social media websites".
      It is quite possible that work has a much higher intellectual bar than "chatting on Internet forums", and while one can manage to do the latter, one can struggle greatly to do the former.
      Tasks don't all have the same cognitive difficulty. Many tasks are "burned in" from years of practice and are performed on some kind of brain auto-pilot. I'm talking about things like brushing your teeth, driving, eating, picking up the phone, etc. But as soon as you require real brain power, T can really throw you off.

      I think that's one of the reasons why the rest of the world doesn't see this disability: we can still perform every day tasks normally (in appearance). We get up, make our coffees, make breakfast, brush our teeth, take our shower, drive, etc... with an appearance of normalcy.
       
    7. John G

      John G Member

      @Michael Leigh your thoughts in your 2nd paragraph is all wrong. I read two or three paragraphs and I am done due to the tinnitus/concentration issues. Although I did just type this response,so I guess I am all good then
       
    8. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Ambassador

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Hi @John G When you are able to I would like to have a chat with you in PM if I may and explain what I mean in more detail.
      All the best
      Michael
       
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    9. Paul10

      Paul10 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      The disability would be down to depression, anxiety.
      I'm not Canadian but ENT's don't seem to be much help either Ronnie, they take a very 'physical' approach, i.e. if you have nothing physically wrong, then you're sent on your way. Thankfully, my ENT referred me to the hospitals hearing therapist who is apparently the country's leading specialist in T, by sheer luck of the city I'm in. It's early days, we're still trying to figure out what's the best approach for my T (which developed a new tone yesterday; wonderful), but I would definitely look up who is your hospitals hearing therapist/T specialist, and if they don't have one, find out which hospitals nearby do.
       
    10. RonnieCarzatto
      Cynical

      RonnieCarzatto Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Feb 01 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Mild head injury
      You hit the nail on the head. The doctors I have seen so far have only taken physical approaches; checking my balance, having me close my eyes and do little sounds from my ears; check my vision and perception, and check the inside of my ear. Since it all checked out, that was pretty much it in their books. I did attend a major hospital here who said they don't have a hearing/T specialist, however I have found several independent clinics that have tinnitus management on their website listed. Unfortunately it's not covered under Provincial insurance and costs a pretty penny. Ah well. I'm trying to take a more positive and less fearful/anxious approach. It's almost two months since I've had this life-destroying noise, I might as well make friends with it now.
       
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    11. Paul10

      Paul10 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      3 months for me, I know how it is! Don't go the private route until you've looked into all options. I was going to go private until I realised I could get it through the health service. But yeah not all hospitals have T specialists; just Google around for hospitals in your area and 'hearing therapists', they'll be the ones who know about T management. Also - mental health services can look around and put you in touch with T specialists. Good luck!
       

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