What to Do if You Are Suffering from Tinnitus Triggered by a Hazardous Work Environment
Needless to say, construction sites are already risky environments. From lifting massive loads of materials to using heavy machinery, the daily tasks performed by hard-working men and women on a daily basis can sometimes prove to be too much for their bodies to handle. In some cases, workers who don’t wear the appropriate protective gear (e.g. helmets or earplugs) can often succumb to the most unfortunate, irritating, and painful of physical conditions. For example, people who are exposed to loud noises and varying frequencies, such as whining saws or jackhammers, can potentially suffer from a condition called tinnitus, which can affect performance and socialization all the same. Let’s take a closer look at what you can do if you are suffering from this condition.
DANGERS OF HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS
According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, an incidence of 4.7 cases of construction accidents, out of 79,890 nonfatal workplace accidents, were triggered by hazardous workplace stimuli.
WHAT IS TINNITUS?
Ultimately, tinnitus itself isn’t a condition but is, rather, a precursor to an underlying health problem, such as hearing loss due to age or an injury. Affecting about 15-20% of people, this condition is infamously characterized by a continuous, unpleasant noise in the ear which occurs when no other sounds are present. Typically, tinnitus is a symptom and can go away with proper treatment, but more severe cases can become maddening.
Phantom noises associated with tinnitus include:
- Clicking or hissing
Doctors have categorized this symptom as subjective (the most common variety, which occurs when only patients can hear the sound) and objective (an uncommon situation where doctors can hear the ringing or hissing).
HOW DOCTORS TREAT TINNITUS
As indicated before, doctors can typically cure tinnitus that accompanies infections or milder health conditions, but more severe cases will require more in-depth forms of treatment. Here are some examples of integrated treatment for this problem:
- Hearing aids: People who suffer hearing loss alongside tinnitus will have to use hearing aids to mute the sound and to improve hearing overall.
- Counseling: Some patients will require more interactive treatment by taking part in therapy sessions, which will help them learn how to cope with this unpleasant problem.
- Sound generators: These tools will mute the irritating hissing, ringing, or droning associated with tinnitus by producing a masking sound that is louder than the tinnitus sounds.
- Acoustic neural stimulation: As part of this process, patients train their brains to react differently to the tinnitus.
- Cochlear implants: These devices may be used instead of hearing aids to help people improve their hearing and mask the tinnitus.
YOUR LEGAL SOLUTION
For men and women who work in the construction industry, every day can be a slice of risky business. From climbing scaffolds to repairing heavy machinery, this line of work is hazardous, and injuries experienced during construction or maintenance should never be taken lightly, no matter how moderate to severe these may be. Furthermore, if your injuries were caused by negligent or malicious actions, you must never hold responsibility for someone else’s deeds. You do not deserve to be put in such tremendous danger, even in a risky line of work. With the help of a lawyer experienced in personal injury cases, you can create a viable case in court.
Here at Edelstein, Martin, & Nelson, our team of professional attorneys are passionate about our practice and are fully knowledgeable in the laws, rules, and statutes surrounding unfortunate workplace accidents throughout the State of Delaware. We can guarantee you will receive the justice you deserve. For legal advice and for more information about our services, contact our office today at 800-300-0909.