At Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve been assisting our clients with claims for compensation in all areas of personal injury law for many years now. In that time, we have encountered countless claims for accidents at work, including hearing loss and inner ear problems. Many people worry that their job may contribute to hearing problems and working in the construction industry is one of the most common occupations in which we find people asking this very question.
What causes inner ear problems?
The inner ear is composed of several small bones which convert acoustic vibrations into the sounds we hear. As a result, they are extremely sensitive and exposure to loud noises can cause temporary or permanent loss of hearing. One of the most common symptoms associated with inner ear problems is tinnitus, a ringing in the ears which most of us have experienced at some point in our lives, and a loss of balance, as our ears actually playing a role in keeping us steady on our feet.
Are construction workers at risk of inner ear problems?
Construction workers are subjected to loud noises throughout most of the working day. These noises mostly tend to come from loud machinery operating on site such as pneumatic drills and earth moving machinery.
What can I do to prevent inner ear problems?
In order to prevent inner ear problems, there are a number of measures that you can take. Firstly, ensure that you wear adequate ear protection. There are various types of ear protection available, including over-ear protectors and inner ear protectors. Each type is suited to a different working environment and it’s important to find the correct type which adequately protect your ears and are comfortable enough to wear throughout the working day. Try to limit the amount of exposure to loud noises as much as reasonably possible without having an adverse effect on your work.
Can I claim compensation for inner ear problems?
If you have sustained inner ear problems and you think it may be related to your occupation, you could be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 to find out more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly and competent advisors, who will assist you with any queries you might have regarding the claim process.
Date Published: November 13, 2015
Author: David Brown