If you have been diagnosed with industrial deafness, otherwise known as tinnitus, then you need to consult with a UK claim lawyer to see what compensations you can claim. If the tinnitus was the result of an industrial mishap, or from working conditions, then you need to discuss your personal injury case right away.
How a Work-related Deafness Can Occur
If you have been working around noisy industrial machines, equipment, or tools, or have been working in close proximity to any loud noise at work, you can easily damage the inner organs of the ear. With prolonged exposure, you can develop one of a variety of conditions such as tinnitus, temporary or permanent hearing loss, or even deafness.
If the proper safety measures at your place of employment have not been facilitated, then industrial deafness or a hearing loss condition can lead to a claim for compensation. Any accident at work that involves loud noises, and results in permanent or temporary damage to the ear, is also a situation where an industrial accident claim can be made.
Also known as occupational deafness, industrial deafness is a claim that is made pursuant to the laws that are in effect that safeguard workers from overly loud environments. In some cases, acoustic shock may occur. According to injury lawyers, acoustic trauma, or shock, happens when a worker is subjected to an extremely debilitating noise or a series of loud noises, such as an explosion, gunshot, or shouting at an extremely close proximity.
If the ears are not protected, then the acoustic shock from the noise can lead to irreparable hearing damage. In some cases, the claimant’s eardrum may be perforated. In the recent past, an upswing in cases of acoustic trauma has developed. One of the industries where claims have increased is in call centres. Although major manufacturers have placed noise limiters on headsets, the noise can still be too loud.
A Call Centre Issue
If the noise goes above 118 dB (decibels), then the headset is not supposed to transmit the sound. However, not all manufacturing companies have placed limiters on their headsets. Some of the cheaper models for Internet phone headsets do not include noise limiters. As a result, many call centre workers in the UK today are at risk for acoustic shock, especially if a headset stops working and causes a loud and sharp feedback sound.
Claimants may also claim compensation for a temporary hearing loss that results from work. A temporary loss is sometimes called a temporary threshold shift. This threshold shift occurs when a person is subjected to a loud noise that is constant, which falls in a range between 75 dB and 80 dB, over several concurrent hours.
Once the worker leaves his/her employment, he/she will notice a temporary loss of hearing that is akin to a sensation of hearing dull or muffled sounds. As a result, he/she may find it necessary to turn up the TV or radio. However, if you believe you have a temporary loss of hearing, it is often better to take refuge in a quiet area. Alleviating the hearing problem can take as long as 15 hours, if you don’t return to the noisy environment.