With a rise in working accident claims, and particularly in industrial deafness claims over the last couple of years, it is important that both employers and employees are aware of not only prevention and protection guidelines but also the symptoms and signs in a sufferer.
There are many levels in severity which range from temporary to long term damage. The earlier caught the easier it is to treat and cure industrial deafness so make sure you are familiar with our guide on signs and symptoms below.
What is industrial deafness and what are the health and safety guidelines to ‘noisy work environments’?
Industrial deafness is when your hearing is affected and damaged due to being exposed to a noisy working environment. Noise levels that reach 80db or above can impair your hearing if you are exposed to them for long periods of time.
Industrial deafness is grouped into four types:
- Temporary loss of hearing
- Acoustic trauma
- Permanent loss of hearing
Any of these diagnoses are given in a percentage of severity and can affect one or both ears.
What are the symptoms of industrial deafness that I may be suffering from?
The following symptoms can be experienced to different levels of severity and you may suffer from more than one symptom:
- Impaired hearing in one or both ears
- Missing sections or full sentences when in a conversation
- Struggling to hear and missing parts of speech when there is background noise
- Having to turn up the TV or radio to high levels
- Temporary or permanent lack of hearing (again in one or both ears)
- Constant ringing, roaring, buzzing and hissing noises. These can be a sign of tinnitus
How do I process an industrial deafness compensation claim if I believe I have these symptoms?
Firstly, you must go and visit your doctor in order for you to get a full diagnosis and a potential treatment for your symptoms. Working accident claims or compensation cannot be processed without medical diagnosis.
You should also make sure that you have the adequate protective gear to prevent any further deterioration or problems with your hearing. Such items include hearing protection headgear and ear plugs.
Date Published: October 24, 2013
Author: David Brown