The military can be an extremely noisy environment to work in. All ranks employed in the armed forces may be exposed to very loud sounds at any given times in their career life. These can be from explosions during training, or when out on deployment. They also may be exposed to quieter but long-term exposures – such as from engine and other mechanical equipment noise.
Human hearing is extremely sensitive and not everyone realises that it can be permanently damaged. Even fewer understand that you can actually make a military accident compensation claim for hearing loss, if your ear drums have been damaged as part of your occupation. Here are some more details about making a military accident compensation claim for hearing loss.
Military accident compensation claim for hearing loss – the medical scenario
Sound is basically a series of vibrations travelling through the air. Our ears are designed to detect these vibrations. The ear canal directs them to the ear drum which begins to vibrate. These tiny vibrations are picked up the small bones inside the ear, which make some fluid vibrate. This is detected by some very delicate hair cells, which convert the vibration to nerve impulses that travel to the brain. The brain then makes sense of the nerve impulses and interprets them as sound.
Military accident compensation claim for hearing loss – the damage
The very delicate nerve hairs cells and nerves in the ear can become damaged by excessive noise. This means that the vibrations cannot travel properly to the nerves. Hearing loss can be temporary or permanent and some hearing loss develops quite gradually. Loss of hearing has a significant impact on the sufferer and affects not only their ability to work, but all other aspects of their lives – including personal relationships. Some who have suffered hearing loss also suffer psychological symptoms such as anxiety or depression.
Military accident compensation claim from hearing loss – prevention
Hearing loss is very preventable. It is achieved by identifying those procedures that are going to produce a lot of noise and then finding out which workers are going to be exposed. Damage can be avoided by using ear defenders or ear plugs. Of course, these must fit and work properly and the workers must be trained in how to use them. There are a variety of different ear defenders and ear plugs available and the most suitable product for the job should be selected.
Claim experts at Accident Advice Helpline
Sadly, prevention does not always happen and some military personnel do lose their hearing. If this can be shown to be the MOD’s fault then a claim for compensation may be possible. One option is to call a specialist law firm like Accident Advice Helpline; we are experts in making a military accident compensation claim.
Our professional team will be able to advise you about how to start your claim and about the sort of information that you will need to provide. You may need to have a medical assessment report prepared about your hearing loss by a medical expert. It is also a good idea to make a note of all the visits to medical specialists relating to your hearing that you have made.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 9th June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry