Industrial deafness is hearing loss that has occurred as a result of being exposed to noise at work over a long period of time. This often goes unnoticed, as many people will think that their hearing loss is due to ageing.
If you work or have worked in any of the following industries, you are most susceptible to industrial deafness and hearing loss:
This is usually identifiable by buzzing or ringing in your ears. Whilst many people don’t notice this because of background noise, if you experience buzzing or ringing when you are in a quiet room or if you cover your ears, it’s likely that you have tinnitus
This is usually where you have been exposed to an extremely loud noise, for example a gunshot or explosion. Increasingly, acoustic shock cases are now involving call centre workers whose headphones mean that there is no escape from people shouting straight into their ears; which causes them to suffer from temporary or permanent hearing loss.
This usually occurs if you have been exposed to a loud, constant noise over several hours, causing you to hear things in a muffled way. It is usually reversible, but not if you continue to be exposed to the noise(s) again and again.
This usually occurs if you have been exposed to constant, high levels of noise over several years.
If you can relate to any of the below symptoms you should request a hearing test from your GP or at a local hearing centre as soon as possible, to find out what extent of hearing loss you have suffered:
When claiming for industrial deafness, we can help you to understand whether your deafness and hearing loss is work related or not. From there, we will help you every step of the way with a claim, which will be run on a No Win No Fee basis.
For more advice on whether you are likely to have an industrial deafness claim, or to talk through the process of claiming contact one of our expert personal injury lawyers at your local Bray & Bray office, today:
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