Loss or referred to as NIHL is a hearing impairment which can be brought about by prolonged exposure to loud noises over a long period of time – in some cases many years, with inadequate protection against it.
Many people suffering from Noise Induced Hearing Loss also suffer from tinnitus, which is identified as a ringing or buzzing sound within the ears or head. Tinnitus can be very debilitating, as well as distressing. Noise at work and subsequent overexposure is a common issue, especially in manufacturing and heavy industry, like steelworks and construction sites, highway maintenance, factories and production lines.
How can I identify the symptoms of Noise Induced Hearing Loss?
Tinnitus sufferers may experience a ringing, buzzing, whistling or whooshing sound within the ear.
Could my employer be liable for my NIHL?
Your employer is under a duty of care to ensure that workers are protected from exposure to noise as much as is practically possible.
If you have or currently work in a noisy working environment and you believe that this may have been the cause of your hearing loss, current and past employers could be liable.