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Hearing damage and your working environment.

Your hearing is at risk if you work in a noisy environment without ear defenders.

If this is your situation and you have suffered hearing damage because your employer failed to protect you from harm, you could be entitled to NIHL compensation.

If you have suffered hearing loss and believe it was caused by your job, call 0800 633 5730 for claims advice.

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) can happen to anyone at any age, but workers in noisy environments are at particular risk. 

Noise is measured in decibels and normal conversation is generally 60 decibels. While individual cases vary hearing loss can result after a one-time exposure to very loud sound of above120 decibels, or after exposure to loud sounds of over 85 decibels over an extended period.

For many workers NIHL takes a long time to become noticeable, however for some individuals hearing loss is acute and happens immediately. This injury is becoming increasingly common amongst call centre workers and is known as acoustic shock.

Noise can be harmful when it is too loud and can damage the sensitive structures of the inner ear. It can be permanent or temporary and the extent of the damage can vary a great deal which is why each case is unique and legal advice is based on the circumstances of the case.

All employers are required by law to protect their employees from harm at work, when they fail to do so and hearing damage is caused you can claim compensation.

Is your working environment too loud?

Your working environment may be too loud if you answer yes to the following questions:

  • Do you have to raise your voice to be heard above the noise?
  • Do you suffer ringing in your ears at the end of the working day?
  • Do you have to increase the volume on your car radio between arriving at work and leaving work?
  • Do you have trouble hearing and following conversation in a social environment?

If you work in a noisy environment and your employer failed to advise you of the risks or offer you protective equipment such as ear defenders, you could develop hearing loss at a later date.

As soon as you become aware that you are suffering hearing damage you should seek immediate medical and legal advice as there is a three year time limit to making a claim.

Types of working environment that can cause hearing damage include:

  • Factories with large noisy machinery.
  • Building and demolition sites.
  • Mines.
  • Foundries.
  • Airports.
  • Road construction and maintenance sites.

Work related hearing damage can been prevented with implementation of the correct health and safety measures. If you have suffered hearing loss because your employer failed to assess the risk and find ways of limiting the exposure, find out about making a claim.

Why choose Imperium Law?

  • We can review the details of your claim and advise if you have a case for compensation.
  • We having extensive experience of successfully winning claim payouts.
  • Even if the company where your hearing damaged happened has closed down we can still take on your case and make a claim. 
  • There is no need to worry about paying our costs as we work on a 'No Win-No Fee' basis, this means that we only ask you to pay our costs if we win you compensation.

To confidentially discuss your claim with a hearing loss solicitor call free on 0800 633 5730, or fill in our call back form.