Industrial Deafness

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Industrial Deafness is defined as irreversible damage to the ears caused by constant exposure to noise that is over 80 decibels.


Industrial Deafness

Industrial Deafness, also called Occupational Deafness, is a condition that results in the loss of hearing. It is caused as a consequence of working over a prolonged period of time in a noisy working environment.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 Act states that employers should take the necessary precautions to protect workers from being exposed to a high level of noise in the workplace.

While employees in some industries can carry higher risks of developing Industrial Deafness, it is law that all employers take steps to protect the hearing of their workers.

The primary cause of Industrial Deafness is prolonged exposure to noise at work. Therefore, people who work in a noisy area, such as a building site or a warehouse (where loud noises are constant, confined and continual), have a much higher risk of suffering from the condition.

A loud bang or an alarm can also cause hearing loss, known as sudden or singular hearing loss. These incidents tend to have symptoms that can be noticed immediately, such as ringing in the ears.


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Industrial Deafness – Latest News

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Post Online (14th November 2012) – Despite decreasing employment in high risk industries, some insurers are reporting a 50% increase in Industrial Deafness Claims over the past 2 years.

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