Tinnitus Awareness Week
This year the campaign is based on 'Together for Tinnitus' which aims to generate discussions and raise awareness of tinnitus – the risks, symptoms and help available. The British Tinnitus Association will also be launching two new resources:
1) An official 'Tinnitus Guidance for GPs' document, raising awareness amongst GPs about the condition and the treatment options available.
2) A dedicated website for people newly diagnosed with tinnitus – www.takeontinnitus.co.uk – providing facts and ideas on managing tinnitus.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition where the person experiences noises, often ringing or buzzing, in their ears where no external noise is present. The level of this noise can vary, as can its occurrence. But for some sufferers the noise can be constant, leading to a negative impact on their day-to-day life.
What causes tinnitus?
Common causes can be a neck or head injury which affects the blood flow or interferes with nerves or muscles in the area. Or it can be caused by continuous over-exposure to loud noise found in certain jobs and environments. For either cause, it's clear that construction workers are very much at risk from this life-changing condition.
Does the construction industry have a law that protects workers?
"The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work."
The regulations require that employers must:
For more information on these regulations and to understand the noise limits, the HSE website goes into more detail here.
How can you support tinnitus awareness week?
Supporting events like this and helping to raise awareness of them is very important to us, and a key part of RVT's mission to protect long-term health on site. Around one in ten UK adults have tinnitus – join us in helping them by supporting TAW in any way you can.