Well I had a bit of a shock this week as one of the team leaders told me that i was becoming difficult to work with because of my lack of enthusiasm towards my job....i was a bit taken aback to say the least but once i explained to her that the problems lie with me having to deal with having tinnitus on a daily basis, she was a bit more sympathetic. However it just goes to show how having this silent condition can be misunderstood by those who are lucky enough, not to be affected. I told them its hard for me to concentrate at times when you've got this noise going on in your head and that it can be distracting and when your tired alot of the time because you're not getting enough sleep, its bound to have some effect on your mood. I even played them "SOUNDS OF TINNITUS" From you tube so she could hear for herself the kind of sound i have and she was shocked and said "thats aweful and can see why its hard to deal with" I think i should be wearing a badge that says "I have tinnitus" so people are aware that i have a reason as to why i might not be firing on all cylinders sometimes....
Does anyone know if theres any guidelines for employers to assist employees with tinnitus or where to get fact sheets that i can put up at work so people can be educated.
Hopefully she will now realise that If i appear to be having an off day, its not because i am less enthusiastic about my job but its because Im having a bad tunnitus day!