What is Industrial Deafness?
Industrial Deafness, or Occupational Hearing Loss, is a condition that causes you to partially or completely lose your hearing or develop other hearing problems as a direct result of your job. The hearing loss usually happens gradually, sometimes even years after you worked in that position that caused it.
What can cause Industrial Deafness?
Causes of Industrial Deafness can be anything from using power tools to constant use of telephones or regular exposure to loud noises of any kind, including music.
What are the symptoms?
- Loss of hearing in one or both ears.
- The need to turn TV/radio volume up more than usual.
- Ringing or buzzing in ears.
- Missing parts of, or full sentences, when listening to others speak.
- Being unable to hear properly when there is background noise.
How can it be treated?
If you are experiencing the symptoms above then it’s important to visit your GP. Tinnitus and hearing loss are very difficult to treat, and there is no known cure for tinnitus, however you might find a hearing aid can help.
How can it be prevented?
Your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure you are kept healthy and safe during work, so they should provide you with ear protectors or ear plugs, as well as give you thorough training specifically regarding prevention of hearing loss. Regular noise risk level assessments should also be undertaken at your workplace and it is, again, your employer’s responsibility to ensure this. You can also help to prevent Industrial Deafness by taking regular breaks from noisy work areas. Discuss this with your boss to see how often you are allowed to take breaks.
How much is an ID claim worth?
The cost of ID claims can vary dramatically depending on how long the symptoms have affected you and how severe they are. Generally they range from approximately £4,000 – £70,000, but it is entirely dependent on your specific circumstances.
How can I claim?
You can claim by calling Dalgarno Solicitors on 0845 250 0759 and one of our specialist solicitors can answer any questions about your claim, give you an approximate claim amount and, if you’re happy, set up your claim for you.