Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (also known as industrial deafness or tinnitus) is a hearing disorder that is caused either by continued exposure to high intensity noise or a one-off acoustic trauma.

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Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) sometimes referred to as industrial deafness is a generic term used to describe a loss of hearing that has resulted from exposure to excessive levels of noise.

NIHL typically affects the higher frequency of hearing and often causes permanent damage to the hearing of sufferers. Other hearing impairments such as Tinnitus may also be experienced by sufferers of NIHL.

Who is at risk of Tinnitus and NIHL?

The majority of noise induced hearing loss is attributable to employment, where workers may be subject to significant levels of noise for prolonged periods.

Examples of industries where a risk of NIHL is considerable include: -

  • Heavy industries such as construction and mining
  • Automotive operations including vehicle manufacture and repair
  • Gardening/building maintenance work where noisy equipment is used

Symptoms of NIHL

NIHL tends to develop gradually throughout the period of noise exposure and sufferers are often initially unaware of a reduction in hearing until the damage has been done.

Typical symptoms of NIHL may include: -

  • Requiring television/radio volume to be louder than other people find comfortable
  • Missing parts of conversations, particularly where there is background noise
  • Being unable to hear the telephone/doorbell

The effects of NIHL are usually permanent but the impact may be minimised with the provision of hearing aids, tinnitus retraining therapy etc.

Therefore it's important you secure a suitable amount of industrial hearing loss compensation to cover these treatments, as well as being compensated for the pain and suffering, that you have and will continue to suffer.

Making a hearing loss claim

Employers have a legal duty of care to their employees and positive steps must be taken to reduce noise exposure as much as practicable and provide protection in the form of adequate noise protection earmuffs. Despite this, many workers remain at risk of developing NIHL due to employers failing to do this.

Examples of steps that should be taken include regular workplace noise level assessments, provision of and enforcement of hearing protection and occupational health screening of workers exposed to high levels of noise.

Where employers have failed to act in accordance with their duty to protect workers, the right to claim industrial deafness compensation exists.

It is possible to bring a claim for compensation against employers or their insurers for NIHL even where an employment has ended or the employer is no longer in existence. We are often able to trace the relevant employer's liability insurer and pursue them directly.

There are however strict time limits to pursue a claim and it is crucial that if you believe you may have developed NIHL you obtain legal advice as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in any claim being time barred. Contact Spencers specialist industrial deafness compensation solicitors on 08000 93 00 94 and they will be happy to advise you as to whether you are still able to pursue a claim.

What we can do for you

We are experienced Solicitors with considerable experience of dealing with Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims working for our clients to gain the maximum compensation.

Those who suffer from Noise Induced Hearing Loss may opt for private medical care and require specialist equipment such as hearing aids which can run up costly bills and leave them out of pocket. We’re here to help negotiate the right amount of damages to cover these costs which can be used to secure the best care available for the victim.

When liability is admitted it can sometimes take time to negotiate the right level of settlement. In these circumstances we can secure interim payments to cover out of pocket expenses until a comprehensive, final compensation amount is settlement has been secured.

Legal Advice on Industrial Deafness Claims

Spencers Solicitors have a wealth of experience in pursuing personal injury claims, including industrial deafness claims. Our experienced lawyers will be able to discuss your specific circumstances and advise whether they consider you have a valid claim.

Call us today on 08000 93 00 94 to discuss your claim with one of our advisors, or complete an Online Claim Enquiry and we'll call you back. Claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis so if your claim doesn't succeed you will not be charged any of our fees.

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