Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) claims

 

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Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a work related condition that can be common in workplaces and industries where excessive noise is a regular occurence.

Regular exposure to high levels of noise can lead to serious hearing impairment which can cause a range of problems and difficulties for the sufferer.

NIHL can often appear years after the original exposure to excessive levels of noise, which means a lot of people fail to identify their work as the cause of the problems.

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Symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss

There are lots of different symptoms associated with noise-induced hearing loss, all of which can vary in severity depending on factors such as your level of exposure to excessive noise and what, if any, ear protection you used at the time.

Before you take the decision to pursue a claim for hearing loss it can be useful to consider the following questions to help identify the severity of your symptoms:

Do your family/friends/colleagues say that you talk too loudly sometimes?

Do you have to have the television on at a loud volume to hear it comfortably?

Do you have trouble hearing the telephone when it rings, or when trying to hear someone on the other end?

Do you often struggle to follow a conversation and hear other people speak?

If your answer to any of the above is 'yes', then it is likely that you do have a hearing problem that could be the result of one of the below common work-related hearing conditions:

Noise Induced Hearing Loss: Also referred to as as occupational deafness or industrial hearing loss, this is temporary or permanent hearing loss caused by damage to the inner ear

Tinnitus: Characterised by constant ringing, buzzing, humming or whistling sounds in one or both ears.

Acoustic shock syndrome: Reparable or irreparable damage to the ears caused by an isolated incident involving loud noise.

What workplaces cause noise-induced hearing loss?

Any workplace that is subjected to regular and excessive noise has the potential to cause noise-induced hearing loss.

Some examples of typically noisy industries that have led to NIHL claims include:

  • Construction
  • Manufacture
  • Steel
  • Engineering
  • Textiles
  • Military
  • Mining

If you suffer from hearing damage or loss later in life, it could be the result of a noisy work environment in the past.

How to claim against your employer

It's common to feel uncomfortable at the thought of making a compensation claim against your employer, but don't worry - they will not be required to pay your compensation personally so they won't be left with a huge bill they can't afford.

All employers are required to take out employer's liability insurance which is designed to cover the costs of any personal injury claims made against them by their employees, so if you have a claim your compensation will be paid by the insurance company.

Also, it's worth remembering that it is illegal for your employer to sack you or treat you any differently if you make a compensation claim against them. If you were to lose your job because you made a NIHL claim, then this would be seen as "unfair dismissal".

It's also important to make a claim as this can help highlight the safety issues in the workplace which may not have been taken seriously before, meaning the workplace safety will be improved for your colleagues.

Making a noise-induced hearing loss compensation claim

There are strict time limits associated with personal injury claims, so if you feel you are entitied to make a claim against your employer then it is imperative that you get in touch with us as soon as possible.

To start your claim, or to find out more information, get in touch with the personal injury specialists at CL Legal...

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