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Noise is one of the greatest but least understood risks at work. Manufacturing and construction workers are particularly at risk from noise related problems like deafness and tinnitus but almost all workplace environments can pose a potential health threat.
Employees can suffer from acoustic trauma following a single episode of unprotected exposure to noise at work, such as explosives being detonated, but most noise induced hearing loss cases involve a period of prolonged exposure.
If you think work is to blame for your hearing problems, you should seek legal advice. You may be able to claim the costs of a hearing aid from a former employer, for example, and you may be entitled to compensation for noise induced hearing loss or tinnitus or both. Call our specialist solicitors on 0203 816 0065 for free initial advice.
According to the HSE, around 170,000 people in the UK suffer from deafness, tinnitus or other ear problems as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work. In addition, it’s estimated that more than a million employees in the UK are still being regularly exposed to potentially damaging noise levels in the workplace.