Many workplaces often require employees to work in environments with noise levels are hazardous to hearing. Employers have a responsibility to provide their employees with suitable hearing protection. If your employers have failed to take suitable steps to protect your hearing, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
In 2005, the Noise at Work Regulations Act was passed. This act ensures that workers are protected from hearing lpss that is caused by excessive noise in their workplace. However, according to a report by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf and the Trades Union Congress, employers are “doing little” to protect the hearing of their employees. Under the regulations, employers can be prosecuted if they fail to protect employees’ hearing and they are exposed to noise above 85 decibels.
Hearing Loss Claims include:
If you (or a member of your family) is concerned about hearing loss that has been caused by exposure to loud noise at work, Attwood Solicitors are here to guide you through the options available and offer you support throughout.
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Many workers in noisy environments, such as a call centre or those working with industrial machinery, may suffer from a condition called tinnitus. Tinnitus can be caused by simply working in a noisy environment.
If you are suffering from tinnitus, as a result of working in a noisy environment and not being supplied with suitable ear protection, you may be able to put in a work-based tinnitus compensation claim. We are experts in claiming for hearing loss problems and can help give you any tinnitus advice and information you need.
To find out more about how we can help you to make a work-related tinnitus related compensation claim, please click here.
Noise induced hearing loss can be caused by the gradual exposure to loud noises in the workplace.
Sufferers of noise induced hearing loss may be able to put in a compensation claim, especially since employers should have provided ear protection to prevent noise induced hearing loss from developing.
To find out more about how we can help you to make a noise induced hearing loss compensation claim, please click here.
Industrial deafness is the temporary or permanent loss of hearing due to prolonged exposure to excessive noise in the workplace.
To find out more about how we can help you to make a industrial deafness compensation claim, please click here.
As well as facing the same potential risks that office workers usually do, call centre workers also have the additional risk of acoustic shock and other work related issues such as tinnitus.
To find out more about how we can help you to make a Call Centre Hearing Loss compensation claim, please click here.
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Hearing Loss – Latest News
Hearing loss has been in the news a lot recently. Chris Martin of Coldplay and rapper Plan B have spoken out about loud noises at concerts.
Please feel free to browse through some of the news stories below, relating to hearing loss:
NME (30th January 2012) – Noel Gallagher has revealed that he is suffering from tinnitus, the condition which is characterised by ringing in the ears in the absence of external sound.
BBC (4th December 2012) – Recent scientific research has suggested there could be a connection between hearing loss and the brain, contributing to greater cognitive decline as we age.
Reuters UK (2th December 2012) – A Japanese study has found that people with diabetes are more than twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss than those without.
The Guardian (27th November 2012) – Children with hearing problems, caused by a condition known as glue ear, are being denied surgery because of NHS rationing, which is coming more common despite promises from ministers to ban it.
The Telegraph (5th November 2012) – A 66 year old man claims to be suffering from “noise-induced deafness” as a result of his years working as a gardener and forester. He alleges he is blighted by ringing in his ears from using chain saws, strimmers, lawnmowers and other power tools.
Edinburgh Guide (2nd November 2012) – The National Association of Deafened People are asking people to be careful this bonfire night when setting off fireworks in confined spaces like back gardens.
Care Home (31st October 2012) – The Action on Hearing Loss Charity have found a high level of undiagnosed hearing loss amongst people they screened in care homes.
BBC Health News (23rd October 2012) – Data, obtained by Action on Hearing Loss, from 128 hospitals found that more than 40% had seen cuts in Hearing Services over the past 18 months.
ITV News (18th October 2012) – With Bonfire Night only a few weeks away, it is vital to think about wearing suitable hearing protection if you are going out. Wrap Up Warm and Cover Your Ears!
mediplacements (21st September 2012) – Action on Hearing Loss have said that the government need to recognise the importance of diagnosing hearing loss early.
The Star (17th September 2012) – The University of Sheffield has developed a method to turn human embryonic stem cells into ear cells, which could treat a common form of hearing loss. It has been tested on gerbils so far, which regained 46 per cent of their hearing.
Mail Online (17th September 2012) – A study of more than 62,000 women who take Ibuprofen just twice a week showed that it increases the risk of hearing loss by up to 13 per cent.
The Independent (29th August 2012) – New research shows that noise levels above 110 decibels strip insulation from nerve fibres carrying signals from the ear to the brain.
Mail Online (10th July 2012) – Sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or sudden deafness, is a condition that affects thousands of Britons each year.
Mail Online (10th July 2012) – A relief to tinnitus has been found. After a hearing test to establish the pitch of a sufferer’s tinnitus, they then wear a portable neuromodulation device (a bit like an MP3 player) to listen to a series of chimes just above and below their tinnitus frequency for between four and six hours a day.
This is Staffordshire (7th July 2012) – Attwood Solicitors has taken on a number of cases from individuals whose hearing has been permanently damaged due to working in loud environments.
This is Leicestershire (4th July 2012) – A new technology – which uses red, green and blue LEDs, tuned specifically to each hearing loss sufferer – allows symptomatic relief from tinnitus.
iolscitech (3rd July 2012) – A snake’s poison is now being used to treat deafness. Ancrod, a drug based on the venom of the Malayan Pit Viper, is being prescribed to people who have suffered from sudden loss of hearing, a.k.a. sudden sensorineural hearing loss.
Business Review (2nd July 2012) – An ear plug retailer urges Brits to take more care in protecting their ears, following the release of data from the Better Hearing Institute in the US that links hearing loss to chronic diseases.
Health News Digest (28th June 2012) – The earlier hearing loss is diagnosed and treated in children, the more chance the child has of successfully adapting to amplification, developing good speech and language skills, as well as having healthy social relationships.
This is Staffordshire (19th June 2012) – Former pottery workers, at a collapsed ceramics firm, could be in-line for compensation payouts for hearing loss after a ‘landmark’ court victory. A former potter has been awarded £3,000 after winning a five-year battle against the insurers of John Tams Group PLC.
The Express Tribune (16th June 2012) – A new project by the Edith Cowan University School of Psychology and Social Science focuses on Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and how it could mean a lifetime of hearing damage for young people.
Tulsa World Scene (11th June 2012) – Hearing loss that is caused by the death of cochlear hair cells can usually be permanent. Over time, some of the hair cells in the inner ear grow old and die but are not replaced. As a result, the signals they normally send to the brain are weakened.
The Atlantic (11th June 2012) – Hearing is crucial in daily life, so people usually notice when they are losing their hearing. This is one reason that hearing impairments have been so extensively studied. There are 60 known mutations that impair hearing and another 60 that are suspected of doing so.
Courier Press (5th May 2012) – Based on hearing tests done as part of a National Health Survey, conducted between 2001 and 2008, it is estimated that about 30 million Americans (13% of the population) suffer from hearing loss in both ears and 48 million (20%) in at least one.
Health Care IT News (30th May 2012) – With an estimated 588 million people worldwide and 5.7 million Brazilians afflicted by some form of hearing loss, technology dubbed the Sana AudioPulse aims to make testing easier for hearing-impaired populations in poverty-stricken areas that may not have access to medical care.
News Channel 5 (30th May 2012) – One study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine found that nearly a fifth of Americans aged 12 and older have hearing loss in at least one ear severe enough to make communication difficult.
The News Tribe (28th May 2012) – “Teenagers need to understand a single exposure to loud noises either from a concert or personal listening device can lead to hearing loss,” M. Jennifer Derebery.
BBC News (22nd May 2012) – Rapper Plan B is encouraging music fans to wear earplugs during live music events.
Private Healthcare UK (16th May 2012) – Noise levels of 85 decibels or higher can damage our hearing. If you are listening to music through headphones and everyone else can hear, the volume is too loud.
Mail Online (11th May 2012) – Medical researchers in Leicester believe they are a step closer to making a drug treatment for tinnitus.