Jul
14
2016

Farm work my result in hearing loss

A United States study carried out by the National Farm & Medicine Center, which is part of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation has found that working on a farm or growing up on a farm may adversely affect hearing.

The study followed up on students who took part in a hearing conservation programme in the 1990s and who are now in their 30s or older.

The researchers were able to contact 392 of the 690 participants who took part in the original study.

Hearing tests on the 392 participants in the new study indicated that 63% of those tested, who were now aged between 32 and 38 years old, had high frequency hearing loss of 10 decibels.  12% had hearing loss of 25 decibels or more, which is a substantial level of loss.  These rates of hearing loss are much higher than levels normally seen for this age group.

The study concluded that living and working on farms may result in hearing loss due to excessive levels of noise from machines and also from farm animals.

Machinery used on farms include chainsaws and grain dryers which generate noise levels of up to 110 decibels.  A barn full of squealing pigs may generate a noise level as high as 130 decibels.  A petrol driven grass mower can reach 96 decibels and the noise levels in a tractor cab can reach 90 decibels.

In the UK employers are under a duty to ensure that employees wear hearing protection if average noise levels exceed 85 decibels.

If you have been exposed to excessive levels of noise working on a farm or elsewhere and you have sustained noise induced hearing loss or tinnitus then you may be entitled to pursue a claim for hearing loss compensation.

Our specialist hearing loss solicitors will be able to advise you about pursuing a no win no fee hearing loss claim.

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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