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industrial deafness

Industrial Deafness Claims

What is industrial deafness?

Industrial deafness is otherwise known as noise induced hearing loss. If you have been exposed to high levels of noise in your work environment, then this may cause damage to your ears, resulting in hearing loss. It may be that the level of damage to your hearing is not noticeable until you get older, as most of us start to experience hearing loss as part of the ageing process. The combined effect of age-related hearing loss and noise-induced hearing loss can cause you to experience symptoms of deafness sooner than you otherwise would have done.

Tinnitus

In addition to hearing loss, you may also suffer from symptoms of pain, ringing, buzzing or hissing noises in your ears, which is known as tinnitus. Both tinnitus and hearing loss can be caused by excessive noise in the workplace and are classed as industrial diseases.

Common workplaces for hearing loss

Many excessively loud industries require employees to wear ear protection when performing their duties. Workplaces that carry the highest risk of industrial deafness cases include:

  • Airport groundwork
  • Armed forces
  • Construction
  • Farming
  • Factory work
  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Mining

What should you do if think you are suffering from industrial deafness?

It is difficult to notice hearing loss as it develops gradually. If you suspect that you are suffering from hearing loss, then you should visit your local GP for a professional opinion.

Why should you claim for industrial deafness?

Industrial deafness and tinnitus are permanent. For less severe cases of hearing loss, you may need hearing aids to continue life as normal. Being deaf changes your way of life and those around you. It can force you, your family and friends to find alternative communication methods, whilst making communication with the outside world difficult. It can be isolating, embarrassing and frustrating.

Limitation period for industrial deafness claims

A limitation period is the maximum time allowed to bring a claim to the courts after an event has occurred. The limitation period for an industrial deafness claim is 3 years.

The 3 year period begins when you find out, or should reasonably have found out, that the hearing loss is related to your previous working environment.

Do you have a valid claim?

The main confusion with hearing loss claims is whether it developed naturally through ageing or in the workplace. Only a hearing expert (audiologist) using the latest technology would be able to assess this.

If you suspect that your hearing problem may have been caused by your current or former workplace, then contact Scott Rees & Co. Our claim advisors can talk to you about your situation and explain the claim process to you in more depth. We will organise for you to have an independent hearing test (audiogram) to confirm the likelihood that your hearing loss is related to noise. Compensation for your industrial deafness claim is the least that you deserve for the injury and damages that you have suffered.

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