Industrial Deafness Claims – common questions
What is Industrial Deafness?
Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) also known as Industrial Hearing Loss, is a work related condition that is common in industries where excessive noise is prevalent. The noise levels in these workplaces can cause a permanent hearing impairment which can led to many issues for the sufferer such as problems with conversations and other sound related activities. Noise induced hearing loss often appears years, if not decades later from the original exposure meaning many people do not identify their work as the cause. The condition is acquired through exposure to excessive noise levels which damages the cells inside the inner ear leading to ringing, buzzing or muffling in the sufferers ears.
How much noise is too much?
Being subjected to noise above 85 decibels for more than 8 hours per day can damage hearing over long periods of time. Obviously the higher the dose of noise the less time you would require in that noise to experience irreversible hearing damage.
What are the symptoms of Industrial Deafness?
Common symptoms include having the TV Volume turned up, missing conversation especially in groups, buzzing or whistling in the ear(s) and difficulties using the telephone.
How do I know if I’m entitled to make a claim?
After taking details of your employment with noisy employers we would require you to undergo a hearing test to assess the amount of noise induced hearing loss you may have. Once the results of your test are received we can separate the difference between age related hearing loss and noise induced loss. Everyone loses a certain amount of hearing the older they get.
How much compensation can I gain from an Industrial Deafness Claim?
Again, like all personal injury claims how much you can receive for Industrial Deafness will vary but these claims generally settle for between £2,000 – £10,000. The amount you could receive is dependant on the amount of noise loss, Tinnitus symptoms, and your employment history . It is hard to tell how much you could receive until you have been medically examined.