May
20
2015

Are you more likely to get noise induced hearing loss than me?

Noise induced hearing loss has long been known to affect people in different ways and in severity. Some people who have found themselves working in a noisy environment for 20 or 30 years can end up having less hearing loss than another person who may have only worked in a noisy environment for 5 or 6 years.

As a result of the above differences in susceptability to noise damage, scientists have been trying to understand why it is some people suffer from higher levels of hearing loss than others. It appears that researchers have now found evidence to confirm that this is the case and that some people are genetically more susceptible to developing noise induced hearing loss than others.

Whilst in the past there have been previous studies in identifying certain genes attributabe to hearing loss, these have all been conducted with a fairly small sample size, and therefore conclusive evidence is difficult to achieve.

However, a recent study conducted by the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute and in collaboration with Brazil’s Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul and UCLA, found that we have a common “Nox3 gene” residing within the inner ear, which has been identified as the key gene which could indicate how easy someone will develop noise induced hearing loss. It is already known that a key feature of hearing loss is the flattening of the hair within the inner ear, and this goes someway to reaffirm this understanding. The conclusions behind this finding, whilst in its early stages, could help further research to be undertaken, raising a possibility of a cure for hearing loss.

Hearing loss associated with previous occupational exposure is a very common work related illness, and, in fact, is the most common work related illness in the USA. At the moment the ability to restore a persons hearing to pre-occupational damage levels, whilst making good advances, is still some way off from being a viable form of treatment.

What’s My Deafness Claim Worth has extensive experience in dealing with people suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus. We have a specialist team of solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist, who will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer an unparalleled support network and specialist legal expertise. If you have suffered a personal injury, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.If you are suffering from loss of hearing, buzzing or ringing in your ears, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

If you have been affected by hearing loss or exposure to noisy working environments you should not hesitate to contact us or to try our ‘Calculate my Claim’ feature on the right hand side of this page to see what your claim may be worth. We understand that the symptoms that you are suffering from can have serious consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account any time you have had to take off work, any treatment you have had to pay for including the cost of hearing aids and any other losses that you may have incurred.

Claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis so if we are unsuccessful in your claim you do not pay anything. If your claim is successful you will keep at least 75% of the compensation that is awarded.

Call 0800 849 8700 to speak to a member of our specialist team of Industrial Disease lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.

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