Industrial deafness is a condition that results in gradual or sudden loss of hearing as a direct consequence of a person’s working environment. It is also referred to as noise induced hearing loss or occupational deafness.
If you work in an environment where the noise levels are often above 80dB and you find that you are always asking others to speak louder or you often need to turn up the volume on the television, you may be suffering from a case of industrial deafness caused by the high noise levels in your workplace.
If you work or have worked in a noisy Environment and you feel that you are losing your hearing because of it then you can claim for compensation using our ‘Industrial Deafness Claims’ Service.
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Symptoms Of Industrial Deafness udar11685
If you’ve been exposed to high noise levels in the workplace and are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have sufficient cause to file a claim for industrial deafness compensation:
Temporary or permanent lack of hearing
Difficulty to hear in one or both ears
Total lack of hearing in one or both ears
Having to turn up media to high levels to hear properly
The below two symptoms are of special significance only because most people do not immediately relate these to industrial deafness:
Tinnitus: Constant buzzing, ringing, ticking, hissing or droning noises in your ears are signs of tinnitus, which can also be caused by high noises.
Acoustic Trauma: Acoustic trauma is a kind of deafness that occurs exceptionally quickly if an individual is subjected to an extremely loud noise such as an explosion or a series of loud noises as those made by gunshots at close range.
Employers Have A Legal Responsibility udar11685
Noise is an inescapable part of some industries such as construction, foundries, quarrying and mining amongst others. Workers employed in these industries are more prone to suffering from industrial deafness. However, this does not mean that you have to accept work-related deafness as an occupational hazard and that you have no recourse to the law.
The Control Of Noise At Work Regulation was introduced in 2005 as a way to protect workers from excessive exposure to high levels of noise in the workplace. This regulation stipulates that employers are responsible for providing their employees with a risk-free working environment that is safe from accidents and industrial illnesses. This includes protection against damaging noise levels.
This means, in workplaces where noise levels rise above 80dB, employers are legally required to put measures in place to reduce volume levels. If the industry is such that loud noises cannot be avoided, the Control Of Noise At Work Regulation mandates that employers must provide workers with adequate ear protection as well as information and training on how to use and care for the hearing protectors.
Employers who neglect to measure noise levels at the workplace or who do not provide protective equipment to workers are considered in breach of the regulations and an industrial deafness claim for compensation can be filed against them.
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