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    Top 3 causes of industrial deafness

    Industrial deafness is a condition caused by prolonged or sudden exposure to excessively loud noise. Here are the top causes of industrial deafness. Causes of industrial deafness The main causes of industrial deafness are: Prolonged exposure to the noise generated by machinery or power tools Prolonged exposure to excessively loud music Sudden exposure to loud….

    Dangerous careers: Builders

    All jobs carry some degree of risk that when it comes to suffering an accident at work. However, some jobs are more dangerous than others. One such job where accidents at work occur more often is in construction. Why are builders more likely to sustain a work injury than others? There are several reasons why….

    What is the main contributor to injuries in the kitchen?

    A professional kitchen is a hive of activity. Whether it is within a restaurant, café or even a college it is always busy during serving times. However, a professional kitchen can present many different hazards in the form of work injuries, slips, trips and falls among other accidents. What is the main cause of injuries….

    What’s the level of sound that could damage ears?

    According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention the level of sound that could damage ears which, if exposed to for prolonged periods could cause permanent damage is 85db or more. What does 85db sound like and could this hearing loss be caused by a work injury? To give you an idea of how….

    Is there such a thing as keeping earphones in for too long?

    If you love listening to music you may often listen to it on the go whether it’s through your phone, mp3 player or tablet. However, can you damage your ears by having earphones in for too long? What level of sound causes damage to your ears? The minimum level that your ears and hearing can….

    Suffering hearing damage on the worksite

    Any job on construction sites comes hand-in-hand with working in close proximity to noisy tools and machinery. This equipment, necessary as it is to provide an effective and efficient job, is in fact one of the leading causes of hearing damage on the worksite. Accidents at work occur in all sectors, no one profession is….

    Most common claims from building sites

    Building sites are highly dangerous places to be, and construction site accidents are not only fairly frequent, they are often also the cause of serious, even fatal injuries at work. Common construction site incidents The most common types of building site accidents include falls from height (scaffolding; ladders; raised parts of buildings); slips, trips and….

    Working on building sites: Avoiding industrial deafness

    When you work in the construction sector, you are working, daily, around machinery and equipment that cause consistent or short bursts of loud noise. While this may initially seem a mere annoyance, or perhaps even the norm, over time it can be one of the leading causes of work-related ailments, including industrial deafness. How common are….

    London’s cycle blackspots: Pentonville to Euston Road

    The cycling scene in London has seen explosive growth in the last few years. This is due to a number of reasons including the convenience of cycling as opposed to driving to work, an increased interest in the hobby itself and the Boris Bikes scheme. Whilst the ratio of journey undertaken to accidents is in….

    What is Personal Protective Equipment?

    Workers in many industries are provided with personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, to reduce the risk of accidents at work and protect employees from work injuries. When you go to work, you have a right to feel safe and if your employer does not provide you with the relevant equipment or the workplace….

    The repercussions of repetitive exposure to loud music

    Music is made to be turned up and enjoyed. However, some music is enjoyed more with the volume full blast. This is when ear damage can be caused if you listen to loud music on a regular basis. Whether this is for your job or for pleasure it can have a permanent effect on your….

    Preventing permanent hearing damage from earphones

    Many of us enjoy listening to music on the morning commute or walking to school or college, but did you realise that these mini speakers could be contributing to permanent hearing damage? Whether you work in a setting that exposes you to loud noises or music on a regular basis, or you simply like to….

    Five ways an employer can prevent industrial deafness

    Overexposure to noise in the workplace can lead to industrial deafness. Industrial deafness is one of the most serious accidents at work we deal with at Accident Advice Helpline. The effects of industrial deafness are usually permanent and can have an extremely traumatising effect on your work, social and family life. How employers can minimise….

    Industrial deafness therapy: Digital hearing aids

    Hearing problems as a result of working in environments with high levels of noise are a common problem. Almost 250,000 British workers are currently believed to suffer with some kind of work induced hearing difficulties. The most common work related hearing issues are tinnitus and industrial deafness. These industrial conditions may develop individually or in….

    The psychological and emotional impact of hearing loss

    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….

    Five UK trades prone to industrial deafness claims

    Hearing loss as the result of an accident at work can be one of the most traumatic experiences a person will ever encounter. Imagine not being able to hear the voices of loved ones, so many moments you wish you could have experienced differently, from hearing your child or grandchild talk for the first time….

    Injury claim jargon buster: Duty of care

    Duty of care is the obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of others. This can be both a moral and legal obligation. For example, your employer has a duty of care to you, to ensure that you do not come to harm in your work environment by suffering an accident in the workplace. If….

    How can I be sure I’m suffering from tinnitus?

    The British Tinnitus Association describes tinnitus as the perception of sound in one ear or both, in the absence of any corresponding external source. Tinnitus is usually characterised by a constant ringing, hissing, or roaring sound in the ear or head. The British Tinnitus Association estimates that 10 per cent of adults in the UK….

    Industrial deafness therapy: Cochlear implants

    When working in an environment where you are continually exposed to loud sounds and noises there are many risks of sustaining a work injury including long term hearing loss. What treatments are available to help treat work injuries such as hearing damage? If the hearing loss has become irreversible then one such treatment which is….

    Industrial deafness therapy: Middle ear implants

    Industrial deafness is one of the most distressing accidents at work that a person can suffer. Hearing loss can have an effect on your family, social and work life. The effects of hearing loss are often permanent. However, recent advances in technology have gone some way towards restoring lost hearing. Middle ear implants Unlike hearing….

    Industrial deafness: Continuous vs single loud noise

    Industrial deafness, or noise induced hearing loss, is an industrial condition that can be brought on by two different scenarios; exposure to continuous loud noise or a sudden, single loud noise. Continuous noise Occupational deafness may be brought on by prolonged working in a very loud environment, where noise tends to exceed levels ranging between….

    How employers measure noise levels in the workplace

    Loud noise levels in the workplace lead to hearing loss, of varying severity, both temporary and permanent. Many people experience a short-period of deafness or ringing in the ears from working in a loud environment. Did you know that your employer is legally required to measure noise levels in the workplace and implement noise control….

    Who is prone to industrial deafness?

    Health and Safety Executive statistics show that more than 2,000 people in Great Britain have been affected by occupational deafness in the last eleven years. If you’ve lost your hearing as a result of an accident at work or an unsafe or poorly-regulated working environment, you may be thinking about claiming work injury compensation. Who….

    Defining Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

    Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is a condition caused by singular exposure intense impulse sounds, such as explosions during accidents at work, or prolonged exposure to loud noises of 80 to 85 dB and above, typical of those generated in factories, wood or metal working shops or on construction sites. Impulse sounds and NIHL Impulse sounds generated by….

    What is Acoustic Co-ordinated Reset Neuromodulation?

    Industrial deafness is a leading cause of accident at work compensation claims. It can be stressful and difficult to cope with. Unfortunately in the majority of cases, industrial deafness and tinnitus are irreversible. A number of new pioneering treatments have sought to change this and among them is Acoustic Co-ordinated Reset Neuromodulation. What exactly is….

    Industrial deafness protection: Ear defenders

    Industrial deafness is a condition caused by exposure to excessive noise at work. Where noise reaches a level of more than 80 dB, employers are legally required to provide hearing protection. One type of hearing protector that may be provided is the ear defender. About ear defenders Also frequently referred to as ear muffs, ear….

    How many decibels does it take for my employer to seek industrial deafness action?

    The number of workers affected by industrial deafness is falling year on year thanks to health and safety measures. That being said, there are still hundreds of people who suffer from impaired hearing as a result of accidents at work or work-related illness. If you suffer from hearing loss, you may wish to consider claiming personal….

    In focus: Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

    The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 were instigated to protect employees from having to work in an environment which could cause a severe work injury including industrial deafness. Why are these regulations important in helping to prevent any accidents at work? By imposing these regulations employers are forced to comply with these rules….

    Industrial deafness protection: Semi-aural inserts

    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….

    Industrial deafness protection: Ear plugs

    According to statistics published by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), instances of industrial deafness are on the decrease. Despite this, new cases of industrial deafness occur every year and it is a major cause of accidents at work compensation claims. Causes of industrial deafness Damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear….

    Where can noise protective equipment be obtained?

    It’s important to wear noise protective equipment in a loud environment in order to reduce the deterioration of hearing through exposure to loud noises. Industrial deafness is a leading cause for accident at work claims. If you are an employer, it’s important to know that you are legally required to provide your employees with hearing….

    What hearing protection equipment do employers supply?

    Continual exposure to excessive noise levels may cause temporary or permanent industrial deafness. Employers must therefore provide hearing protection if employees are exposed to noise levels between or above certain lower and upper action levels. About action levels Action levels are the levels of exposure to noise at which employers must take the necessary steps….

    Using a work-related diary

    Tinnitus is a condition manifesting itself through buzzing, ringing or other sounds within the ear or head without there being an external source for the noise. The noise may be heard intermittently or continuously. Some people manage to tolerate tinnitus quite easily, others experience difficulties including: Anxiety Depression Inability to concentrate Sleep deprivation Stress By….

    How often should noise level risk assessments take place?

    A noise level risk assessment must apply in workplaces where the noise level is particularly loud or high to the point it could damage a person’s hearing and potentially lead to a permanent work injury if exposure is for long periods of time. Prolonged periods of loud noises could cause much worse than just a….

    The psychological and emotional impact of suffering from tinnitus

    Susanna Reid, the popular television presenter, spoke recently on ITV about the suffering she has endured living with tinnitus for ten years. Speaking about her reaction after her diagnosis, she told of her fear that she would ‘never hear silence again.’ Tinnitus is rarely discussed in the media, but it is a serious condition that….

    What other hearing protection exists in addition to ear muffs?

    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….

    In focus: Noise at Work Act (1989)

    Over the last few decades, governments around the world have introduced various pieces of legislation in order to improve health and safety in the workplace and reduce the chances of an accident at work. Such legislation has been targeted at a number of areas including working time. What is the noise at Work Act? The….

    Five workplaces where industrial deafness is most likely to occur

    Industrial deafness is fast becoming one of the most commonly reported accidents at work. The effects of losing your hearing can be devastating and it’s vital to take appropriate steps to reduce your exposure to loud noises at work.  As a law firm with years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, Accident….

    Detailing the common industrial deafness symptoms

    Industrial deafness is divided into four main types: Tinnitus. Acoustic trauma. Temporary hearing loss. Permanent hearing loss. Symptoms of this work-related illness vary slightly between these types and may be experienced in one ear only or in both ears. Industrial injury and tinnitus Prolonged exposure to high levels of noise may cause work injuries resulting….

    What forms of factory machinery contribute to hearing loss

    We all know a friend of a friend who’s been involved in a horrific accident at work. Perhaps the person in question wasn’t wearing the appropriate headgear for a factory job, or maybe they’d not been given the correct training? The worrying thing is, it could happen to you  – and it could well be….

    Three ways to prevent industrial deafness taking hold

    When it comes to the consequences of accidents at work, few are as serious as hearing loss. Industrial deafness is a serious concern in a number of industries where high levels of noise are a prominent feature in day-to-day working life. Construction and manufacturing are just two examples of industries where employers and workers alike….

    Common decibel levels within factories

    In terms of safety at work, noise is defined as either an unwanted or damaging sound that can cause problems to your health. Potential problems caused by noise are not limited to your hearing. Exposure to noise can also cause stress-related illnesses and increases in both blood pressure and heart rate. How can too much….

    The psychological impact of hearing loss

    Hearing loss can be difficult to come to terms with. You may never hear your friend’s voice, the sound of the waves or the latest song by your favourite band. Losing your hearing can affect your body and balance pretty badly, but the psychological impact can often be the most severe and can be much….

    What has caused your industrial deafness?

    Industrial deafness is caused from working in various different industries, and the result of it is a loss of hearing because of the environment a person is working in. There are different types of industrial deafness claims that can be made, as most cases are different. What are the key facts you need to know….

    How do loud noises manifest into hearing loss?

    Following the industrial revolution, technological advances have boomed and, frankly, so have our ear drums. Accidents at work have always occurred, but as we move forward into the 21st century the number of noise-induced work injuries has increased significantly. Accidents at work: Loud noises and hearing loss As with most things, including exercise, food and….

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