It Doesn’t Sound the Same: Nada’s Story

It Doesn’t Sound the Same: Nada’s Story

Nada had fallen in love with music at an early age. But she never realized that life as a professional musician would come with a few occupational hazards. She spent much of her youth going to concerts and cranking the volume on her headphones, and that lifetime of loud noise evolved into tinnitus when she was only 34.

The ringing in her ears eventually got so bad that she could no longer evaluate her own instrument’s sound. She knew that she was creating sound, but it was getting more and more difficult to tell whether or not she was in tune. Was she keeping time with the beat, or was she hearing the ringing in her own head?

After several months of frustration and increasingly mediocre performances, Nada realized that she could not work as a musician until her symptoms went away. She went to her doctor to discuss applying for short term and then long-term disability benefits, hoping that the money would give her time to figure out her next steps.

When her short term disability claim was denied, she decided to call Share Lawyers. Her mother had been a client of Share Lawyers a few years before and always spoke so highly of all the people there.  As far as the insurance company was concerned, the tinnitus didn’t affect any of Nada’s other faculties, so she should still be able to find work in another industry. They didn’t care that Nada had spent her entire life training to be a musician and lacked the experience and qualifications to find comparable work in another field.  They also ignored that her policy said that if she could not do her own job, then she was eligible for benefits.

The ringing in her ears was nearly constant, to the point that it had crept into her life beyond the studio. The sound made it difficult to sleep at night or to focus on detailed assignments on a computer. Thankfully, Share Lawyers was able to sue the insurance company for Nada’s benefits and fought hard to negotiate a lump sum settlement. Since then, Nada has used the money to get her life back under control. 

After the settlement, Nada bought masking devices that she could wear in her ear throughout the day. The devices produced low background noise levels that covered the ringing and made it easier to concentrate on other tasks. She also bought a white noise machine that she could use at night, so she wouldn’t need to wear the devices when she went to bed.

In the meantime, Nada started working with a counsellor to retrain her ear. The therapy involves a wearable device that generates a tone designed to match the frequency of her tinnitus. With time, the technique should allow her to get accustomed to the tinnitus, to the point that she will be able to tune it out on her own.

If the treatment is effective, Nada should once again devote her full attention to the complex soundscape of the world around her, not the exhausting ringing that only she can hear. There is no cure for tinnitus, but there is still a chance that she can adjust to her new normal in a way that will allow her to resume her career.

Until then, Nada was able to transition to work in another creative field. The money from the settlement gave her the time and the resources she needed to develop her skills as a film editor, and Nada is thrilled to once again be in charge of her own professional life.

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