Hearing Loss Compensation Claims

Ear Damage and Hearing Loss

Types and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

Noise at Work

Who is Responsible?

Hearing Loss Compensation

Average Payout Amounts

How do I Claim For Hearing Loss?

 

National charity Action on Hearing Loss states that in the UK, there are around 11 million people as of 2018 suffering with some form of hearing loss – they predict that it will increase to as much as 15.6 million people by the year 2035.

Looking after our hearing should be a serious priority. We often forget and disregard how delicate our ears are!

Ear Damage and Causes of Hearing Loss

Many factors contribute towards hearing loss – most commonly it is associated with getting older, which in many cases is true, but there are a range of other causes that we tend to overlook. The condition can be temporary or permanent, and the level of deafness and pain can range from slight to severe.

Some main causes are:

  • Listening to loud music on a regular basis and for prolonged periods.
  • Other hobbies that involve being exposed to loud noise like firearms, and jet engines, and partaking in activities like motorcycling or snowmobiling.
  • Exposure to other loud noise damages the hairs on the inside of the ear, thus causing loss of hearing.
  • Build-up of earwax (seek a medical professional to remove it safely).
  • Ruptured eardrum.
  • Ménière’s disease (a hearing condition inside the ear that causes feelings of vertigo and tinnitus).
  • Otosclerosis (abnormal growth of bone in the middle of the ear resulting in hearing loss).
  • Other illnesses – some, such as meningitis, often result in high fever, which has a severe impact on the ear and leads to hearing damage.

In many cases though, a predominant cause for noise-induced hearing loss is occupational noise.

Depending on the job role, many workers are surrounded by loud noise in the workplace on a regular basis and do not realise the effect it can have on them – especially if they are exposed to a high level of decibels for long periods.

Types and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

The main types of hearing loss are:

  • Temporary or permanent.
  • Tinnitus - ringing in the ears.
  • Acoustic shock syndrome (acoustic trauma) – a loud and sudden burst of sound, like a gunshot or explosion, that causes instant ear damage.

Symptoms can either show instantaneously or develop gradually over time. These are the main signs of hearing conditions:

  • Generally finding it difficult to hear or having one ‘good ear’ – if you feel like you have one ear that is slightly ‘deaf’ in comparison to the other, it could be that you have a hearing problem in both.
  • Pain and discomfort in the ears.
  • Hearing sounds like ringing and buzzing, that others cannot hear.
  • Nausea and vertigo.
  • Struggling to follow and keep up with conversations when there is background noise.
  • Confusing words with other similar ones.
  • Having to turn up the volume when others around you don’t feel the need to.

Ultimately, they can be debilitating. Having to put up with things like this can further lead to psychological issues – as well as disturbed sleeping patterns and a lack of sleep, the symptoms could bring on conditions like stress, anxiety and depression.

If you experience any of the symptoms above, be sure to seek medical attention straight away. Don’t ignore them and assume it’s just your age. If you are exposed to loud sounds, try to reduce the level of sound, move away from it or wear hearing protectors, especially in the workplace.

Noise at Work

In thousands of cases, the onset of hearing damage can occur through working in noisy environments, and many have made industrial deafness claims to compensate for financial loss as a result.

Today, there are approximately 20,000 employees tolerating work-related hearing issues, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Jobs and industries that involve using noisy machinery and just generally an exposure to loud noise include the following:

  • Construction
  • Maintenance
  • Road workers
  • Electricians
  • Demolition
  • Factory workers
  • Bar and nightclub staff
  • Police officers
  • Call centre operators

These are some of the typical jobs associated with loud noise, but any job has the potential to reach high decibel levels – even teachers could be at risk in a noisy classroom.

Who is Responsible?

When it comes to the workplace, the employer has a duty of care to all employers – according to the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. This means that they should be carrying out general, regular health and safety risk assessments – particularly in high-risk environments and those that are particularly noisy.

The regulations state that any working environments that reach 80 decibels, or exceed it, call for the employers’ actions. They must be inspecting high-risk areas and if there is any cause for concern, provide workers with hearing protection and take measures to lower the exposure and level of sound as much as possible.

Just as it is the employer’s duty, however, it is also the responsibility of the worker to wear any given protection at times of exposure to loud noise and to do so properly. It is also the employee’s responsibility to report any risks they become aware of or any role-induced injuries they feel they may have – the employer cannot act if they are unaware!

Hearing Loss Compensation

From 2007 to 2016, a total of 1,505 compensation claims were made regarding work-related hearing damage or loss.

If you (or someone you know) have been suffering with problems relating to hearing loss, which you feel came about due the working environment, then you may be entitled to claim for compensation if the employer was liable.

While this process may seem daunting and complex, at Cute Injury, we can help make it simple. Compensation can help you with medical and recovery costs; this might include therapy, hearing devices or programs that can help with healing. If you’ve lost out on earnings because of being unable to work, it can also help recover this.

Tolerating hearing loss is painful and distressing as it is, without the added stress of financial difficulty. Let us ease that pressure by taking on your case for you.

You have the right to be protected by your employer, no matter the job, so claiming for personal injury shouldn’t be overlooked – especially if you’ve had to suffer at the hands of someone else.

Average Payout Amounts

The following personal injury compensation amounts for different severities of hearing loss have been taken from the Judicial College’s Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases.

Please be aware that they are guidelines and every hearing loss claim differs from case to case. There are many factors that need to be considered and assessed by our personal injury solicitors, so the compensation amount could end up being more or less than the following payout brackets:

  • Tinnitus and/or noise-induced hearing loss, ranging from slight to severe – from £5,590 to £36,310.
  • Complete hearing loss in just one ear – from £24,950 to £36,310.
  • Complete deafness – from £72,330 to £87,410.
  • Complete deafness including loss of speech – from £87,410 to £112,100.

For a better idea of your compensation payout amount, contact us at Cute Injury today. You are under no obligation to make a claim with us, but we are happy to help provide more information and advice on your situation.

If you would like to know about other injuries, see our full payout guide here.

How do I Claim for Hearing Loss?

At Cute Injury, we can help you with claiming for compensation if you’ve suffered hearing loss due to an employer who breached their duty of care to you.

Our solicitors will take care of your case step-by-step. They also operate claims on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t be financially at risk.

We are happy to help provide you with any more information you require and any advice you need on your potential claim - so contact us for free today!

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