Noise Induced Hearing Loss & Tinnitus
At work we put our health and safety in the hands of our employers. We trust that we can carry out our duties in a manner that does not affect our long term health and well-being. Unfortunately, Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Acoustic Shock and Tinnitus are all conditions that can be caused by excessive exposure to noise in the workplace, all of which could have been preventable. Hearing is sensitive, and tends to be something we take for granted until it is no longer there, as reliable as it once was. As noise exposure is the single biggest cause of hearing loss, it needs to be taken seriously by employers. Attwoods can help bring claims on your behalf for:
- Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL): experienced as muffled, or deadened sounds, or difficulty in hearing, especially in crowded environments, or speech sounds. NIHL tends to occur as a result of long term excessive noise exposure without adequate protection, for example the provision and use of Ear Defenders.
- Acoustic Shock: this is hearing impairment often arising from a one-off excessive noise incident and can be temporary or permanent.
- Tinnitus: experienced by ringing or buzzing in the ears, likely to have been caused by long term noise exposure.
A variety of different workplaces have been responsible for causing hearing impairment, for example: textile manufacturing; factories; engineering; car manufacturing; and road drilling. It is not unusual for the hearing impairment not to become obvious until years later. Attwoods understand this, and enable you to get to the root of your difficulties.
Central to making a compensation claim for Noise Induced Hearing Loss is that your employer did not protect you from that risk. All employers have a statutory duty to protect their employees from harm, and in the case of noisy working environments, this would include providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as ear defenders, and additionally ensuring that you have received adequate training and instruction in the proper use of the equipment. Additionally, your employer should ensure you receive adequate breaks from the noise exposure.
If you are concerned that you are suffering from Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Acoustic Shock or Tinnitus as a result of your working conditions, please Contact Us to discuss how we can take on your case on a No Win No Fee basis.
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