Sir George Martin – Legendary music producer and NIHL sufferer


The passing of the legendary, Sir George Martin has served as a reminder of his immense talent as a music producer.

Sir George, who died on 8th March 2016 at the age of 90, was known by many as the “Fifth Beatle” because of his vital contribution to their success. He also worked with many other artists including Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers. He produced 30 UK number one singles as well as 23 in the United States.

What is often less well known is that Sir George also suffered with hearing loss, which he attributed, at least in part, to exposure to loud music over the course of his distinguished career.

As a result of long hours spent listening to loud music in recording studios, by the late 1970s Sir George was noticing that he had a difficulty with his hearing.

“In the 60s, nobody warned us that listening to loud music for too long would cause damage. I was in the studio for 14 hours at a stretch, and never let my ears repair. There’s no question that listening to loud music was a major contribution to my hearing loss.”

In later years Sir George was keen to raise awareness of the dangers of exposure to loud noise. He said:-

“I try and tell young people that it’s not just loud music that damages our ears, but the duration that’s the deadly weapon. The human ear is an incredible organ that can withstand the noise of a jet engine taking off at close range. But it is continual noise, often at a lower level, over a few hours, that’s the damaging factor. 

Young people need to understand that they need to give their ears a rest from time to time and not stay too long in range of loud sounds.”

Exposure to industrial noise has long been recognised as giving rise to noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

However more recently awareness has grown about the risks of noise exposure from other sources, including nightclubs and music venues. What’s My Deafness Claim Worth’s specialist hearing loss solicitors have experience of dealing with all types of noise induced hearing loss claims and if you are concerned that you may be suffering with this problem, please look to make contact with us for advice on 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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