Hearing Loss Claims
There are a number of factors to be taken into account when considering compensation for hearing loss claims, based on the severity of the condition.
What is noise induced hearing loss?
Nowadays, noise is a normal part of our everyday life. Many of us are aware that noise can cause hearing loss. For instance, you may go to a night club and the very next morning you have ringing in your ears because of the loudness of the music. What many people are unaware of is that there are many circumstances in which hazardous noise can be encountered. This may include noisy equipment being used in the open and even so-called 'social noise', such as iPods or over loud PA systems. Hobbies, such as shooting, can cause deafness unless appropriate ear defences are worn.
Hearing loss compensation
In our experience the most common cause of noise-induced hearing loss in adults is exposure to noise at work. If you have suffered hearing loss as a result of this, you may well be entitled to compensation.
Symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss are:
- You can hear a person speak, but it is difficult to understand clearly;
- You suffer general hearing loss so that the quietest sound you can hear is louder than before – for example you may not be able to hear a whisper;
- You can no longer hear the door bell;
- The television is turned up loud and your family complain about the noise level;
- You avoid going out socially because the surround noise drowns out the conversation;
- Sometimes it is accompanied by a decrease in the loudest sound you can tolerate – so loud noises become painful.
Noise induced hearing loss claims
If this sounds like a problem you are experiencing, or you are having trouble with your hearing, an experienced audiologist will be able to identify whether your hearing loss is due to noise because the 'audiogram' is quite characteristic. We can refer you to an experienced audiologist to establish the likely cause and level of your hearing loss.
Exposure to noise at work
If the problem has arisen as a result of exposure to noise at work, whether you will be entitled to compensation or not will depend on several factors, such as whether ear protection was offered (just because it was offered does not mean the protection was adequate), whether you wore it and the time you spent at work. If, on the other hand, the loss of hearing was incurred as a result of war service, you may be entitled to a war pension as a result.
It is quite likely that noise-induced hearing loss will become more common with the increased use of high volume sound systems. If you find that your ears 'ring' or you suffer temporary loss of hearing after leaving work, listening to music or any other noisy activity, you are probably suffering from exposure to excessive noise.
If you have any of the above symptoms then call Linnitts Solicitors' specialist Noise-Induced Hearing Loss claim team.
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