Six million people in the UK are affected by tinnitus every day. Tinnitus can range from a light buzzing to a constant roar in the ears and head, with around 600,000 seriously affected by the condition. Sufferers report a detrimental effect on quality of life including bouts of anxiety, difficulties socialising and problems sleeping or being able to concentrate at work.
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The charity Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) has reported that the first drugs to treat hearing conditions could be available by 2020.
The High Court has ruled that noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) should be treated as a disease rather than an injury for the purpose of claims – and therefore be subject to higher success fees.
Only 41 per cent of NHS audiology departments give tinnitus sufferers access to four key services needed to help manage their condition, according to a new report from charity Action on Hearing Loss launched to mark Tinnitus Awareness Week (2 – 8 February).
An audiologist from Sydney, Australia has highlighted the growing problem of farm deafness, commenting, “there are a lot of potentially deaf farmers out there.” Although the study looks at deafness as an issue on Australian farms, the concern is by no means limited and affects other countries across the world.