Sources of Noise Exposure
Exposure to excessive noise is hazardous to hearing and can result in permanent hearing damage. Exposure to noise can also cause a ringing or whistling noise in the ears, known as tinnitus.
Historically, noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus have been suffered by people who have worked in traditional heavy industry. People working in shipbuilding, manufacturing, construction, the steel industry and mining have often developed hearing problems, due to the very high levels of noise that they were exposed to.
There was advice to industry from the government as long ago as the early 1960s that where employees were working in high levels of noise, they should be provided with hearing protection, such as ear plugs or ear defenders. Unfortunately, companies frequently failed to make hearing protection available for their workers.
Today, provision of hearing protection is much more widespread in industry. However other types of workplace can also be noisy. Currently employers are legally obliged to provide hearing protection to employees exposed to noise levels in excess of 85 decibels.
Workplaces where noise levels could be this high include concert venues, bars and nightclubs, airport runways and motorways. Employees working in these locations are at risk of developing hearing loss and tinnitus if they are not given suitable hearing protection to use.
If you think that you may have sustained hearing loss and tinnitus as a result of being exposed to excessive noise at work contact WhatsMyDeafnessClaimWorth and we will be happy to advise you whether you would be able to pursue a claim for compensation.