Tinnitus and Hearing Damage Claims
You may be entitled to compensation if your tinnitus – a condition that causes ringing or buzzing in your ears – and hearing loss has been caused by exposure to excessive noise, either at work or due to an accident caused by someone else. The specialist injury solicitors on the WINWales panel deal with all types of tinnitus and hearing damage claims. They work hard to negotiate settlements for hearing damage or loss due to negligence.
Long-term exposure to noise can damage your ears and lead to hearing loss, tinnitus and deafness. It can take several years for damage to your ear to be noticed. In some cases, the full extent of work-related hearing damage or loss is only known after you retire. Hearing loss and other damage to your ear can also be caused by an accident in or outside a workplace, including a traffic accident or explosion. Hearing loss is irreversible in many cases and long-term treatment is typically needed. People suffering from tinnitus and hearing loss may require surgery or, in most cases, a hearing aid. Hearing-related problems also arise from acoustic shock. This is often caused by high frequency or high intensity sounds when using a telephone headset. Workers who regularly use headsets in call centres and other work environments can suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus and other issues when the volume is too loud.
Hearing loss, tinnitus and other related hearing problems negatively impact your life and the ability to work. People suffering from hearing loss miss out on conversations with colleagues, friends and family. Following conversation also becomes difficult, especially if there is background noise. Hearing loss impacts your relationships with other people who might think you are ignoring them or result in misunderstandings. Hearing loss and tinnitus also have psychological impacts and may result in depression and anxiety. Tinnitus also affects your ability to carry out regular day-to-day activities like listening to music, watching television, reading and sleeping due to buzzing in your ears.
You may be eligible to submit a claim if your hearing loss was due to negligence, such as preventable damage to your hearing caused by an employer not providing the necessary safety equipment to prevent injury. Your claim must include details on how your employer did not protect you from workplace noise and could have known that exposure to specific noise might lead to hearing loss or another ear-related injury. For a claim to be successful, you must also provide evidence that you are suffering from tinnitus or hearing loss. This generally involves getting a report from a medical expert that is qualified to diagnose hearing-related injuries. A hearing test from your GP or an ear, nose and throat specialist is essential for any claim. You will also need to demonstrate that hearing damage or loss is a result of exposure to a specific noise source, such as workplace equipment.
If you suspect that your hearing loss or tinnitus has been caused by workplace-related negligence, contact us today. After submitting your information, one of our panel of experienced solicitors will work closely with you to understand the impact of your injury. They then gather all the evidence needed to ensure a successful claim. They work hard to get compensation for lost wages, expenses for hearing aids and other treatment, and additional damages related to the impacts tinnitus or hearing damage has had on your life.
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