The link between Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome and Noise Induced Hearing Loss

A number of studies have been carried out to test whether there is a link between hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and noise induced hearing loss (NIHL).

Hand arm vibration syndrome can develop following regular use of hand held power tools which results in nerve and joint damage. The areas of work commonly associated with the onset of HAVS include the foundries, construction and heavy steel fabrication. The hand held power tools used by these workforces include grinders, sanders, chipping hammers, clay spades, jigger pick, and kango or jackhammers.

Noise induced hearing loss is caused by exposure to high levels of noise on a daily basis over a number of years. This is similar, in terms of onset, to the development of hand arm vibration in that it is brought on by a continuing source of exposure, which in this instance is noise, and can often arise out of the use of similar tools as detailed above.

A study conducted in 2012 tested 189 workers working in heavy industry using hand held power tools. Both age and hearing status of each worker were added to the cohort for the study. The data used for the study was collected from observations, measurements and questionnaires. The results showed that there was an increased risk of the development of noise induced hearing loss when there was both noise and hand held power tools in use.

Many studies have found that the connection between noise induced hearing loss and hand arm vibration is as a result of the SNS nerves. The nerves in the fingers become restricted through hand arm vibration which also then tracks through to and affects the SNS nerves in the cochlea damaging the inner ear which in turn contributes to the degree of noise induced hearing loss along with the damage already caused by exposure to noise.

A more recent study conducted by Turcot and others in 2015 found that more than 15,000 vibration exposed workers were used in the cohort and those with vibration white finger had significantly worse hearing loss at every frequency compared with others without this condition. Once again, this supports the association between combined noise and hand arm vibration exposure and noise induced hearing loss.

Here at Oliver and Co Solicitors, we regularly deal with claims for vibration white finger (otherwise known as hand arm vibration syndrome) and noise induced hearing loss. If you have worked in heavy industry throughout your working life and have symptoms which relate to either of the above conditions, then we may be able to assist you and all it takes is a simple call on 0800 849 8700 to speak with a member of our experienced Industrial Disease team.

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 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.

Claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis so if we are unsuccessful in your claim you do not pay anything. If your claim is successful you will keep at least 75% of the compensation that is awarded.

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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