If you have been diagnosed with Noise Induced Hearing Loss within the last 3 years and it is associated with your past or present employment then contact LPS today.
LPS has dedicated Industrial Disease solicitors that have helped thousands of people successfully claim noise induced hearing loss compensation. We aim to the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim using our No Win No Fee claims process.
What is NIHL?
Everyone experiences sounds in their everyday environment as a result of televisions, radio, machinery, appliances and traffic. Generally these sounds are at a safe level and do not affect our hearing. However, if an individual is exposed to a harmful noise that is too loud; or a continuous sound over a prolonged period, then the sensitive structures (hair cells) within the inner ear can be damaged. This is referred to as noise-induced hearing loss. Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert sound energy into electrical signals which travel to the brain, once these hair cells are damaged they cannot grow back.
Noise induced hearing loss can be caused by an exposure to an intense (impulse) sound such as an explosion, or by a continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time, such as noise generated in a factory or as a result of machinery.
Impulse sound can result in immediate hearing loss which can be permanent, this kind of hearing loss can be accompanied by tinnitus. Continuous exposure to loud noise also can damage the structure of hair cells which results in hearing loss and tinnitus but this process is more gradual than that produced by impulse noise.
- Noise induced hearing loss is preventable. To protect hearing it is important to:
- Understand which noises can cause damage (those at or above 85 decibels).
- Wear protective devices when involved in loud activities
- Be alert to hazardous noise in the environment
- Look after those who are unable to protect their own hearing
For some time long-term hearing loss has been an unnecessary risk in many workplaces. Whilst organisations have recognised these risks, too many have not provided adequate protection, training or indeed investment in machinery to reduce the level of noise within the workplace. Workplace noise is regulated by the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 which places an obligation on organisations to control the risks to their employees’ health due to noise exposure. It also specifies that where the noise is unavoidable, the organisation should choose the most appropriate equipment to manage its usage and to keep the risks to a minimum. Furthermore, manufacturers and suppliers are also obliged to control the noise at source and to take protective measures wherever necessary under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008.
What should you do now?
The team at LPS understand the need to achieve your compensation as effectively and quickly as possible, without burning a hole in your wallet! We work efficiently within tight time constraints, keeping you up-to-date along every step of the way. Working on a “no win, no fee“ basis, choosing LPS means that you literally have nothing to lose!