Suffering an accident in the workplace that leaves you with hearing loss can be a devastating personal injury, which can severely affect your quality of life.
For people who suffer from hearing loss, the psychological and emotional impacts can be extremely detrimental to their well-being. The significant impact on communication and interaction can severely affect a person’s mental health and subsequently their relationships, both personal and in the workplace.
Hearing loss may affect any or all of the following:
- Hearing alarms or telephones
- Understanding when several people are talking
- Watching films or television
- Ordering food
- Understanding whispering
- Understanding accented speech
People who suffer from hearing loss may feel awkward and embarrassed in social situations, and this can lead to feelings of isolation.
What causes hearing loss?
If you regularly work in a noisy environment of 80dB and above, you may be risk of suffering an injury at work such as hearing loss, industrial deafness, or tinnitus. Industries in which you may be at a higher risk of hearing loss include, but are not limited to, the music industry, the military, the construction industry, or working in an industrial factory.
What can I do to protect myself against hearing loss?
There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself from this type of work injury, such as reducing the length of your exposure to loud noise, lowering the volume if possible, or merely taking steps to avoid the noise altogether. You should also ensure that your employer has provided you with adequate equipment, such as ear muffs, and training in order to protect your hearing.
Claiming compensation for industrial deafness
If you have suffered hearing loss as the result of an accident at work, you may be entitled to compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline we have 15 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry, and can help you to pursue a successful injury claim.
There is a multitude of information on our website, and our telephone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, completely free of charge. We work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch.
If you have had an accident in public, whether at work or elsewhere, contact us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice