Could exposure to ultrasound cause hearing loss and tinnitus?

A recent UK study has revealed that there may be a link between exposure to very high frequency sound and ultrasound and deafness and tinnitus symptoms. Such exposure may also lead to migraines, dizziness and nausea.

Symptoms such as these have been reported by workers exposed to high sound frequencies. These can occur where workers are operating industrial cleaning devices or carrying out drilling.

Current UK guidelines state that people should never be exposed to sounds over 20 kilohertz (kHz), which is the highest frequency of sound that humans can hear. However these rules only apply to employers who are aware that their employees might be exposed to sound at these frequencies.

In a recent study, Professor Tim Leighton of the University of Southampton maintains that current guidelines may be outdated:-

“The guidelines are […] based on an insufficient evidence base, most of which was collected over 40 years ago by researchers who considered it insufficient to finalize guidelines, but which produced preliminary guidelines…”

Professor Leighton maintains that high frequency noise can be present not only in workplaces but also in public buildings such as schools, hospitals and prisons. He suggests that updated guidelines may be required to prevent adverse health effects, including hearing loss and tinnitus, occurring as a result of high frequency noise.

If you have hearing loss or tinnitus and you have been exposed to noise in your workplace, you may be able to bring a claim for industrial deafness compensation on a no win no fee basis.

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 make a 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.

All claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis.

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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