Our hearing is one of the senses that often gets taken for granted but for many of us, it’s the sense from which we not only derive the most pleasure (through music), but a sense that we wouldn’t be able to live our professional lives without.
If you work in a profession where you’re frequently exposed to noises that you find uncomfortable and you think might have had a long-term, negative effect on your hearing, the Accident Advice Helpline are ready to take your side.
Any prolonged exposure to extreme loud noises in the workplace can lead to industrial deafness. Our bodies are only equipped to be able to handle so much noise on a daily basis and when these limits are pushed the consequences can be dire. It is estimated that exposure to noises in excess of 85 decibels can cause gradual hearing loss and exposure to noises in excess of 140 decibels can cause immediate and permanent hearing loss.
Of course, in many industrial situations it will be difficult to accurately gauge exact volume levels, but there should be health and safety measures in place to prevent permanent hearing damage and if those measures are not being taken by your employers, the consequences should not fall on you.
The seriousness of your claim will of course be tied directly to how severe your hearing loss is. A complete loss of hearing in both ears for example would be counted as a disability and if your job was responsible for this disability, that might prevent you from ever finding another job. In this case you would have the grounds for a very serious claim. Lesser injuries should not be ignored though. Tinnitus for example is a serious condition that can be catalysed by continued exposure to loud noises.
This is a condition that can make working in loud environments painful and if you are trained in an industrial skill-set, not being able to work in that field because of a work-related injury could prove devastating. Each case will of course be different and all the unique circumstances will be taken into consideration, but at Accident Advice Helpline, the severity of your claim will not affect how we go about processing it. We pride ourselves on offering the very best service to all of our clients.
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If you believe you have been a victim of industrial deafness at work and it was the result of negligence on the part of your employer, a fellow employee, or anyone who wasn’t yourself, we’re here to fight in your corner.
We know that filing a personal injury compensation claim can be stressful and intimidating, but we’ll be here to hold your hand every step of the way.
Date Published: October 20, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Industrial injury claim