Symptoms and Causes of Industrial Deafness

Many people suffer from Industrial Deafness without even realising it. A lot of people who suffer from deafness or partial hearing loss correlate the problem to ageing or nature. Whilst this may be true in some cases, in others the hearing problems may be due to the negligence of another party. Industrial Deafness includes but is not excluded to deafness, partial deafness and tinnitus. Here are some of the most common symptoms and causes of industrial deafness.

Symptoms

Industrial Deafness can include both total and partial deafness. If either of these afflictions affect you then you may be entitled to make a hearing loss claim. Partial deafness can include a lack of hearing in one or both ears, missing out parts of conversation and struggling to hear speech above background noise. Industrial deafness can include both permanent and temporary loss of hearing.

Tinnitus is an umbrella term for a wide range of different hearing problems and complaints. The affliction can manifest itself in numerous hearing problems including ringing, hissing, humming and buzzing.

Causes

The most common cause of Industrial Deafness is prolonged exposure to loud noises without the correct healthy and safety precautions. These health and safety precautions include equipment, procedures and sufficient training. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that all of their employees who are potential at risk are provided with adequate health and safety precautions.

Employees who work around heavy and loud machinery should be provided with ear protection to soften and lessen the noise. The less noise that the ear is exposed to, the lower the risk of developing Industrial Deafness. Industries such as manufacturing or transport are often the most at risk. Employees who work with power tools require adequate ear protection as well as they are particularly at risk. Regular breaks must be taken to ensure that the ear has time to recover.

Another risk is single, unexpected, loud noises. Employers should take action to guarantee the prevention of such occurrences. 

What to do?

Those who suffer from Industrial Deafness may incur a wide range of problems later in life. It can prohibit personal and professional endeavours. Sufferers may struggle to hold down a job wherein hearing is essential and may suffer from a loss of income. Those who are suffering from Industrial Deafness can make a personal injury claim against their employer. Even if the sufferer has left the position and even the industry, they may still be entitled to make a claim. Claims can be made retroactive, up to 20 years after leaving the industry.

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