Occupational Deafness can have a serious impact on your life. The effects of hearing loss can’t be reversed and hearing aids only help the situation, they don’t cure it. Hearing loss can also creep up on you. You might not realise the full extent of your hearing loss until years later.
Thousands of workers are exposed to excessive noise at work that can give rise to hearing loss (OccupationalDeafness). Many workers do not claim until later on in life, as the disability is insidious.
The severity ofOccupational Deafness / Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) can vary depending on the length and level of exposure suffered by the individual. Any occupation with exposure to loud noises on a continuous day-to-day basis can result in hearing loss due to nerve damage. Some people are more susceptible than others to hearing loss.
Some of the common industries where there is excessive noise exposure:
- Steel Works and Iron Foundries
- Coal Mining Industry (both underground and on the surface)
- Sheet Metal Works and Coach Building
- Construction Industry
- Textile Industry
- Food Processing Industry
- Power Stations
Even if you left your noisy employment many years ago it is still possible to succeed with a claim for compensation for occupational deafness.