Protecting our hearing is something that many of us don’t think about until we have a problem with it, and by then it is often too late. Many high profile celebrities, including Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, and TV presenter Susanna Reid, have spoken publicly about their struggles with tinnitus. The condition is usually caused by prolonged exposure to loud noise. Tinnitus is characterised by a ringing or hissing noise in the ears, with no external source. The condition currently has no cure, and living with it can have a significant negative psychological and emotional impact on your well-being.
How can I protect my ears?
If you work in an industry where you are regularly exposed to loud noise, it is important to take precautions to prevent suffering an unwanted hearing injury at work. The most important way to avoid a workplace injury to your hearing is to ensure that you are protected. Ear muffs are one way to protect your ears, but sometimes they are not available or appropriate.
Some simple ways to protect your ears are to limit your exposure to loud noise, decrease the intensity of the volume, or avoid the noise altogether. This may be easier said than done, but according to the British organisation Action Hearing Loss, even taking regular breaks from loud noise will help to protect your hearing. They also recommend that musicians and music enthusiasts invest in some noise-cancelling headphones for extra protection against a personal injury to your ears.
What other help is available?
Employers are obliged to take action to protect your hearing under the ‘noise at work’ regulations, which protect you if you are working in a noisy environment. However, if you have suffered an accident at work which has affected your hearing, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in providing personal injury compensation. If you have suffered a work injury, or accident that wasn’t your fault, speak to one of our specialist advisors to see if you could claim compensation. Our telephone lines are open 24/7 and we also have a wealth of information on our website, including a 30-second test compensation calculator. We work on a strict 100 per cent no win no fee* basis, and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim by speaking to us. If have had an accident in the workplace, or anywhere else, get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice