According to statistics published by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), instances of industrial deafness are on the decrease. Despite this, new cases of industrial deafness occur every year and it is a major cause of accidents at work compensation claims.
Causes of industrial deafness
Damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear can lead to industrial deafness. This damage is caused by too much noise and is unfortunately in most cases, irreversible.
It’s important to take the correct measures to protect against noise-induced hearing loss. In this article we take a closer look at ear plugs and how they can prevent industrial deafness.
How do ear plugs work?
Ear plugs are usually made of foam or silicone and help to dampen the noise by being inserted into the ear canal, deadening the vibrations which arise as a result of noise.
How do I insert ear plugs?
It is recommended to use to the roll, pull and hold method to insert ear plugs. To do this, take the ear plug and roll it into a thin rod using the index finger and thumb. Pull the ear back and insert the ear plug.
Once you have done this, wait for the ear plug to expand inside the ear canal.
Ear plugs or over-ear protectors?
It’s important to choose the correct type of ear protection. There are a number of factors to be taken into consideration when choosing between over-ear protectors, often known as earmuffs, and the inner-ear plugs mentioned above.
The decision depends on the level of noise reduction needed, hygiene and whether or not they are to be used in conjunction with other items of safety equipment, such as hard hats, eye protection goggles or dust masks. In the latter case, it may be more comfortable to wear ear plugs as opposed to earmuffs.
Claiming compensation for industrial deafness
If you’ve suffered hearing loss as the result of working in a noisy environment, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation provided this happened within the last three years, and you sustained the ailment through no fault of your own.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. We boast over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including industrial deafness claims. All of our claims are made entirely on a no-win no-fee basis and the majority of our claims are settled outside of court.
Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice