Industrial Deafness, which is also referred to as occupational deafness or noise-induced hearing loss, is a condition that results in hearing loss. This is not always a total loss and may only be apparent in a narrow range of frequencies (often over a long period). As a consequence of a person’s exposure to loud noise in the working environment. The loud noises result in the over-stimulation of the hearing cells leading to cell death. There are two types of loss, intense noise incident, or gradually, over time due to exposure to loud noise. It can result in the loss of hearing in one or both ears, or tinnitus (ringing, buzzing or hissing noises in one or both ears).
Industrial deafness is caused by exposure to excessive noise where the individual is not adequately protected by the provision and use of hearing protection such as ear defenders over a prolonged period.
Industries, where loud noise is a regular part of the workplace environment, can be a cause of industrial deafness. This includes construction jobs, factory positions where loud equipment is running during production, or any area where loud tools may be employed such as power tools, including jackhammers, presses and grinders.
Since 1963, industry is deemed to have widespread knowledge of the damage that loud noise at work can cause. The 1989 Noise at Work Regulations were the first to deal specifically with the issue of noise at work and set down limits for noise exposure. It meant that employers were expected to reduce noise to the lowest possible levels, by improving machinery or providing hearing protection, for example. The Noise Regulations have been updated over time and now The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 stipulate certain requirements that an employer (and employee) should follow in order to ensure that the hearing of employees is not damaged by excessive noise.
The extent of your rights to pursue a claim against your employer therefore vary according to the period that you were employed. As experienced Solicitors in bringing Industrial Deafness claims, we are able to guide you through the whole process.
If you have been diagnosed with Industrial Deafness within the last three years, or believe that you may be suffering from the condition, we can help you to claim compensation. We are here to help on a No Win No Fee basis. We will visit you at home and try and make the whole process as simple and easy as possible.
This can be assessed through a hearing test. If the test reveals that you are suffering high frequency hearing loss, and you have been exposed to excessive noise over a prolonged period of time (usually at least 5 years), it is likely that you will be suffering from Industrial Deafness.
It can take up to 18 months to two years to bring a claim.
You will only speak to a qualified solicitor who will be able to give you a free consultation. All our claims are handled on a No Win No Fee basis, so get in touch, you really do have nothing to lose.