May
17
2016

Noise induced hearing loss causes legendary rock singer to curtail his career

The dangers to hearing from exposure to loud music have once again been highlighted following the news that Brian Johnson, lead singer of rock group AC/DC has had to give up touring due to his hearing loss.

The legendary rock band had recently postponed the ten remaining shows of their current United States tour after lead singer Johnson was told by doctors that if he suffered further exposure to loud music performing at concerts, he would risk becoming totally deaf.

Johnson was already suffering from partial hearing loss as a result of exposure to extremely loud music on performing with the band over a 36 year period.

AC/DC have famously always performed at a very high volume.  One of their concerts in Auckland, New Zealand in 2015 attracted complaints when the music was so loud that it could be heard four miles away and set off numerous car alarms outside the venue.

The concert was measured at a noise level of 103 decibels.  Exposure to noise at this level can cause noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus.  Experts suggest that only a few minutes exposure to noise at 103 decibels is enough to start to causing permanent hearing damage.

Musical performers should therefore consider using hearing protection to reduce the risk of damage to their hearing.

Similarly, employees who work in music venues and who will be regularly exposed to excessive noise as a result must be provided with adequate hearing protection by their employers, by law.

In the UK, employers have a legal duty to make hearing protection available to employees working in any industry where noise levels exceed 85 decibels. If employees develop noise induced hearing loss or tinnitus from noise exposure above this level, then they may be entitled to pursue a claim for hearing loss compensation.

At What’s My Deafness Claim Worth, our specialist noise induced hearing loss solicitors have successfully pursued claims for noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus compensation for clients who have worked in a variety of different industries, ranging from work in factories, when working with headsets for BT and when working  for steelworks and other forms of heavy manufacturing and engineering.

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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