Hit film Baby Driver shines spotlight on tinnitus

By 12th July 2017 Accident Claims No Comments
Ansel Elgort plays a character with Tinnitus in Baby Driver.

Ansel Elgort plays a character with Tinnitus in Baby Driver.

Baby Driver is one of the hottest films of the summer, and offers a timely reminder of the impact that tinnitus can have on people’s lives.

Baby Driver, starring Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx, is about a young getaway driver who suffers from Tinnitus. In order to ‘drown out’ the noise he hears, he plays music constantly whilst driving.

Aside from giving the film a reason to have a first-rate soundtrack, it highlights how cruel Tinnitus can be. At DMA Law, we deal with a large number of industrial hearing loss claims, many of which involve tinnitus, and we see the devastating effect it can have on people.

Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an outside source. It’s often described as “ringing in the ears”, although several sounds can be heard, including:

  • buzzing
  • humming
  • grinding
  • hissing
  • whistling

While tinnitus can develop naturally, it is frequently caused by exposure to sustained high volumes of noise – the industries that suffer the highest risk of hearing damage and tinnitus include:

  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Service industry
  • Telecoms

We have seen an increase in the number of hearing loss claims over the past five years, so if you believe your hearing has been damaged in any way by your working environment, get in touch with us and we may be able to help mount a legal claim for damages.

For more information about making a hearing loss claim, including what evidence is required and how to make a claim, you can read our previous blog post on the subject here.

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Baby Driver launched in UK cinemas on 28th June 2017.