Also known as occupational deafness or noise induced hearing loss, industrial deafness is a condition which results in total or partial loss of hearing as a direct result of the workplace of the person involved. The term covers a range of different diseases from total deafness to conditions such as tinnitus or acoustic shock syndrome. Often these sorts of conditions will lead to an industrial claim in Stockton-on-Tees for compensation.
Prior to 1989, many people suffered damage to their hearing because there were no laws in place to protect the workers in particularly loud or noisy environments. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 1989 were then put into place in order to protect workers from high noise levels in their workplace. Whilst it is not always possible to prevent noise, the law insists that all workers should have their hearing protected, and that where noises are frequently reaching 80db or higher, the employer should take all reasonable steps to reduce the noise levels.
However, in the event that hearing has been affected by excessive noise levels at work, the person suffering has the right to make a compensation claim in Stockton-on-Tees.
Symptoms of Industrial Deafness
It stands to reason that the first symptoms or industrial deafness are likely to affect the hearing. Many people find that they struggle to hear the television or need to ask people to repeat themselves before symptoms become worse. Further symptoms may involve:
- Lack or loss of hearing in one or both ears;
- Struggling to hear speech if there is background noise;
- Needing subtitles when watching television or films and struggling to understand dialogue without them;
- Sensation of lost balance;
- A constant background noise when there is none present (likely to be the first signs of tinnitus); and
- A lack of awareness of certain frequencies or pitches.
The final symptom, a lack of awareness of certain frequencies or pitches, is directly related to your workplace and could prove the link between said workplace and your symptoms.
In the first event, if you believe that your hearing has been affected by noise levels in your workplace, you should seek medical advice. Not only could your GP or specialist diagnose your exact problem and give a prognosis, but their diagnosis and associated documents could provide the evidence you need to make a compensation claim in Stockton-on-Tees.
Making an Industrial Claim in Stockton-on-Tees
Having to cope without your hearing can be very unsettling. Not only can your safety be affected, but you may find that some hobbies such as the cinema, socialising and listening to music are more difficult than before. Accident Advice Helpline believe that people who have had their hearing affected as a result of their employer’s actions, or lack thereof, should have the right to make an industrial claim in Stockton-on-Tees.
With over 15 years’ experience of assisting people with an industrial claim in Stockton-on-Tees and a 30-second test which could tell you the validity of your claim, we can help to ensure that your employer compensates you for your symptoms of industrial deafness. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 (available 24/7) for more information or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 20th August 2013
Author: David Brown