Ringing in your ears, why your iPod could drive you mad

From: YouClaim
Published: Thu Aug 18 2005

Site: www.youclaim.co.uk
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Date: 18 August 2005

Ringing in your ears, why your iPod could drive you mad

These days anyone who’s into music carries an iPod or another brand of MP3 player, such as the Creative Labs Zen MP3. They give music lovers the opportunity to carry their entire CD collection in their pocket. You don’t even need a particularly big pocket because the mini iPod is so small and slim and light. They look slick and their functionality is fantastic; you turn the volume up and change tracks by stroking the super sensitive click wheel on the front, Apple have put all the buttons underneath.

While many people claim to be in love with their iPod and some are quite simply unable to function without it, a few are beginning to find that when they take their earphones out, that the music just doesn’t stop. The problem is that portable music players are damaging users’ hearing. The irritating hum that sometimes rings in our ears, known as tinnitus, is becoming a potentially serious issue for people playing their music at very high levels. Apparently the people worst affected by tinnitus are commuters, who try and drown out the sound of trains, traffic and other peoples music, by turning their own itunes up as high as they will go.

Tinnitus is a continuous buzzing in the ears which is heard only by the person with tinnitus. Many sufferers complain of buzzing, whooshing, chirping, hissing, ocean waves and even music in their ears. They’re not going mad, simply suffering with one of the most irritating afflictions there is. Some people complain of tinnitus appearing only occasionally and some unlucky people experience it 24 hours a day every day. There are quite a few causes of this debilitating problem, which is associated with the ‘sensorineural’ system; the transmittal of signals from the inner ear to the brain. It frequently occurs in older people as it is linked to loss of hearing. However one of the main causes of tinnitus is exposure to loud noises.

So, anyone who is frequently exposed to high decibels, from a DJ to a workman using a pneumatic drill, is at risk of developing ringing ear syndrome. Its link to professions means that it can be classed as a work related illness or industrial disease and those suffering could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation. People who use earphones and turn their music up high have the option to turn their sounds down. People who endure loud noises as an occupational hazard don’t have that option.

If you have to endure loud noises as part of your job and now suffer from terrible tinnitus then it’s possible you can claim personal injury compensation. So if your iPod is making your ears ring turn it down to avoid long term damage. However, If your job is making your ears ring then check out www.youclaim.co.uk for information about how to make a personal injury claim for your work related injury.


Editorial notes: www.youclaim.co.uk provides personal injury compensation following a non fault accident. They work on a no win no fee basis ensuring that customers get 100% compensation. Call 0800 10 757 95 for more information about making a claim.

For more information contact Sophie Evans on 0800 10 757 95, www.youclaim.co.uk

Company: YouClaim
Contact Name: Sophie Evans
Contact Email: sophie@youclaim.co.uk
Contact Phone: 0800 10 757 95

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