The ears are very delicate and sensitive, and are susceptible to hearing loss due to risks in the workplace or in everyday life. Hearing loss can happen gradually after prolonged exposure to loud noises, or can occur suddenly as a result of a singular loud noise, such asan explosion. No matter which way you lose your hearing, it can have a detrimental impact on your life.
It can be incredibly frustrating to live with hearing loss or impairment as it makes it difficult to communicate with people, which can affect your confidence and mental wellbeing. Many people with impaired hearing struggle in places with background noise, such as restaurants and parties, so it can be difficult to maintain a social life, potentially leading to feelings of isolation, anxiety, or depression.
Whether your hearing loss was caused by an accident that wasn’t your fault, or your employer’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation.
Here at Lanyon Bowdler we have a great deal of experience helping people in your situation to take legal action and receive a substantial amount of money to help them on their journey to recovery.
There are three different types of hearing loss that can occur, including:
Hearing loss can develop progressively over several years, rapidly within a few months, or suddenly within a few days. Sudden hearing loss is considered a medical emergency for which urgent medical attention should be sought. The earlier hearing loss is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis in many cases.
If your hearing loss comes on rapidly or suddenly it can be easier to notice, however, when it comes on gradually, especially after prolonged exposure to loud noises, it can often be difficult to identify at first. Some of the signs and symptoms to look out for include:
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, particularly after being involved in an accident such as a road traffic collision, or after working in a loud environment for an extended period of time, it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible in order to receive treatment.
Whether you’re in the workplace or out in public, accidents can and do happen, often due to someone else’s negligence. An accident can lead to injuries ranging from minor and temporary, to more severe and permanent. One of the injuries most commonly reported after a no-fault accident is hearing loss, which is usually caused in one of the following ways:
If your hearing has been affected due to exposure to a loud sound in an accident or incident which wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for loss of hearing compensation. Please get in touch with our friendly and professional team to find out how we can help you to claim what you deserve and move forward with your life.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is an umbrella term which encompasses several different hearing conditions which are typically caused by prolonged exposure to noises above 80dB, including:
NIHL is often referred to as occupational deafness given that it mostly affects those who work in a very noisy environment. According to figures by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there are more than two million people in the UK exposed to unacceptable levels of noise in the workplace, and NIHL is the second most common reason for occupational health claims against employers’ liability insurance.
Noise-induced hearing loss typically occurs gradually, with sounds becoming distorted or muffled over time. Those suffering from this type of hearing loss will often require hearing aids to amplify sounds and enable them to hear better, allowing them to continue engaging in daily activities and conversations with confidence.
NIHL most commonly affects those who work in environments where noise levels regularly or constantly exceed 80dB, for example those in industries such as mining, construction, engineering, manufacturing, road drilling, live music etc.
If you currently work, or have previously worked in an environment where you were regularly exposed to high volumes of noise, and your hearing has been affected, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If your employer did not provide the correct personal protective equipment, such as noise-cancelling headphones, or the equipment they provided was defective or not adequate for the job, they can be held liable for your hearing loss injury.
Here at Lanyon Bowdler we have helped many people who have suffered workplace-related injuries, such as hearing loss, to sue their current or former employers and receive compensation. No amount of money can ever restore your hearing fully, but it can provide the necessary funds to access treatment that may help you to live a better quality of life.
When it comes to making a claim for hearing loss compensation you may have a few queries or concerns, which we have tried to address here:
Our empathetic, holistic, and tailored approach to serious injury claims has earned us a strong reputation as one of the leading law firms in Herefordshire, North Wales, and the Marches. We have received acclamations from The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, and we continually strive to uphold the reputation we have earned through diligence and care in everything we do. With flexible pricing options and a personalised approach to every compensation case, we’re confident that our people are the right people for your team.
If you’re looking for legal representation in your hearing loss compensation case, as well as the support you need as you recover from your injuries, then you’re in the right place. Get in touch today to find out how our people can become your team, working together for justice.
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