Occupational Deafness, Industrial Deafness or Noise Induced Hearing Loss are all terms that describe a deterioration of a person’s hearing as a result of damage caused by exposure to excessive noise within their working environment.
“Hearing can be affected in a number of ways; deafness is a widely known effect, but damage may also result in tinnitus, feelings of nausea and pain in and around the ears. Damage can occur as a result of a ‘one off’ exposure to a loud sound, but it often results from exposure to background noise over a long period of time.”
Mike Shiers, Partner
Who is at risk?
Employees can be at risk in many different industries particularly those using noisy machinery like shipbuilding, coal mining, metal manufacturing and factory engineering, but exposure to damaging levels of sound can also occur to workers in call-centres, factory workers as well as people employed in transport, agriculture and staff in bars and clubs.
What are the symptoms?
For many it is often difficult to detect the first signs of damage; more often people only become aware when significant damage has been done. Sufferers report that they have the radio or television on ‘too loud’, that they find it difficult to follow and join in with conversations or that they hear ringing or whooshing sounds that are not external.
How can you help?
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 were introduced to help prevent cases of Industrial Deafness through regulation as part of the health and safety in the workplace; all employers must adhere to these rules, but if they breached and you are affected, then you should contact the team at Nash & Co as you may have a claim. Speak to Mike Shiers on 01752 827025. His email address is [email protected].