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Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) often occurs after exposure to loud sounds or a constant noisy environment and most often causes permanent hearing damage. NIHL can result from a one-time event (a very extreme sound/blast) or from being exposed to loud sounds over an extended time such as if you work in a bar, club or concert venue. It cannot be medically or surgically corrected.
The hearing loss usually happens in both ears through damage to cells in the inner ear and hair cells but depending on the type of noise it may affect one ear more than the other. For example the one-time event or shooting a rifle over many years where one ear would have more exposure to the noise.
NIHL can be caused by excessive noise in the workplace. The hearing loss, also referred to as industrial deafness, is often as a result of extended exposure to noise at work within the working environment.
If you have suffered NHIL, we can help. Contact our specialist team today for expert advice on how you could claim compensation.
Claiming Noise Induced Hearing Loss Compensation
If you have symptoms of NIHL, such ringing in your ears or hearing muffled speech, we recommend having your hearing tested by a professional. This will rule out any other causes than noise damage caused by your working environment.
Symptoms for NIHL are extremely varied. Some people can also suffer from Tinnitus or “ringing in the ear”. It is very important to obtain your medical records and not delay in getting a diagnosis. Your GP might begin the process and then refer you to a specialist who may recommend the use of hearing aids.
Industrial disease cases have strict deadlines to begin a claim and it is extremely important to speak to an expert in the area as soon as possible if you believe that you, or a member of your family, have NIHL which was caused by your employment.
Even if your employer no longer exists, a claim could be started against the company’s insurance provider. The health implications of NIHL are often permanent and life changing, so it is critical to ensure you take the right steps to provide for yourself and your family.
If you suffer from Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and want to make a claim for compensation, contact our expert team today.
We have offices in Leek, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Hanley and Sandbach, so call us today on 01782 652363 or fill in our online form. We are here to help you.