If you work in an industry where you are regularly surrounded by loud noise, it is important to take steps to look after your hearing.
Protecting hearing with semi-aural inserts
Semi-aural inserts are a type of personal protective equipment that can minimise the risk of employees experiencing an accident at work. They are similar to ear plugs but are worn on a band around the back of the head, or under the chin, and therefore don’t interfere with hats or glasses.
They are ideal for intermittent use, and are a comfortable, light-weight alternative to earmuffs. However, the UK organisation Industrial Deafness recommends that they are not used in noise areas above 87dB or more, as other forms of hearing protection are more effective for higher levels.
Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
Employers are obliged to take action to protect your hearing under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, which protect you if you are working in a noisy environment. Any failure to comply with these regulations may lead to a personal injury at work, and result in significant and permanent damage to your hearing.
Suffering a noise accident in the workplace can lead to industrial deafness or tinnitus. The British Tinnitus Association estimates that 10 per cent of adults in the UK suffer from tinnitus. This is a condition characterised by a constant ringing, hissing, or roaring sound in the ear or head, which has no external source.
One in ten sufferers experience severe effects on their quality of life, including depression, anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation.
What should I do if I have suffered a work accident that has affected my hearing?
If you have suffered a work accident which has affected your hearing, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have 15 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry. We are an adept law firm, the experts in our field, and can help you to make a successful personal injury claim.
Our website hosts a multitude of information, and our telephone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also provide a simple 30-second test compensation calculator on our website.
The majority of claims can be made over the telephone and won’t go to court. We also work on a strict 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful.
If you have been the victim of an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with us today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500 to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice