Occupational deafness is a type of industrial disease.
Occupational deafness, or noise induced hearing loss, can occur when an individual is exposed to excessive levels of noise in his/her work environment.
If you have ever worked in a noisy work environment after 1st January 1963 and you suffer from limited hearing and/or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) as a result, then you may be eligible to compensation. Having to shout in a noisy work environment, in order to be heard, is a sign that the noise levels may be too high.
- Do you talk loudly?
- Do you have the television on at full volume?
- Do you have trouble hearing the telephone or doorbell ringing?
- Do you have problems hearing other people speak because of background noises?
- Do you ask people to repeat themselves?
Certain people who have worked in noisy environments will develop hearing loss, as a result of exposure to excessive noise levels, whilst others who were exposed to the same levels may have 100% hearing. Everyone is different.
Examples of noisy industries include:
- Car manufacturing
- Food processing
- Road drilling
- Machinery operation
If you think that your hearing loss may be work related but are not sure, don't worry. Presbyacusis (age related hearing loss) can be easily identified on an audiogram (a chart which records the results of a hearing test) to noise induced hearing loss.
If some, or all, of the above apply then you may be able to claim for Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Your employer should have insurance to cover the cost of any claim. Some cases may involve several employers, over many years. If your previous employer is no longer trading then we may be able to trace its insurance company.
Complete the claim form now, call 0845 6445135, or alternatively request a call back to arrange a free consultation.
Industrial Hearing Loss Compensation
This covers the bulk of deafness cases which usually result from exposure to excessive noise over a prolonged period of time.
Total hearing loss: £59,500 - £72,000
Total hearing loss in one ear: £20,500 - £30,000
Severe tinnitus /hearing loss: £19,500 - £30,000
Moderate tinnitus /hearing loss: £9,750 - £19,500
Mild tinnitus, with some hearing loss: £8,250 - £9,570
Slight, or occasional, tinnitus, with slight hearing loss: £4,850 - £8,250