Would like to know how others cope with working and managing tinnitus. Do your employers give assistance when you are having a bad spell? If so what do they do for you.
Is there any legislations or guidelines from an organisation that they can get advice from?
I work in a busy operating department as a staff nurse so stress can be a big factor in my everyday work environment. My manager tries to understand the impact tinnitus has on me but they lack the knowledge to understand my needs. I have tried to find guidelines etc but to no avail. So if anyone has had a similar experience i would love to hear from you.
Two questions to start with Lesley. Do you have a hearing impairment alongside your T? and, are you in a trade union?
If you have a hearing impairment, then legally that's classed as a disability, so the various bits of legislation - Disability Discrimination Act, Equality Act etc - are all in play. Tinnitus isn't a disability (legally), but a hearing impairment is.
If you're in a union, speak to them to see what assistance they can offer in dealing with your employer.
Thanks for responding. Yes I have hearing loss in one ear ( the one I have tinnitus in) but I do wear a hearing aide as part of managing my tinnitus. I do belong to a union and hadn't thought about asking them for assistance. I will keep that in mind though as I have on a couple of occasions been questioned by my boss about my tiredness etc and all the usual things that tinnitus brings and them thinking it was for another reason and not because of my tinnitus.
People who don't have T, do not understand how it impacts your life at times,