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More about industrial deafness and tinnitus claims
It seems only common sense that if you are exposed to high noise levels for a long period of time, you will damage your hearing. Unless you are a real heavy metal devotee, the most common exposure to excessive noise many of us will experience is in the workplace.
Complete or partial hearing loss can be caused by persistent high noise levels or sudden high frequency, high intensity bursts known as acoustic shock. Both can also cause tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing or whooshing sound in the ears that persists even after the external noise has ceased. If the tinnitus is accompanied by hearing loss and dizziness, it's possible that you may have Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance.
Industrial deafness is not restricted to those in construction, engineering or heavy industries using machinery such as grinders, saws, jack hammers, drills or presses. Workers in textile factories or mills using looms or weaving machines are equally at risk. People who work in call centres where the volume on their headsets is turned up too loud are also at risk from hearing loss, tinnitus and a range of health issues. In fact any workplace could potentially expose you to excessive noise and damage your hearing.
If you believe you have suffered industrial hearing loss or tinnitus, you should consult you GP to confirm that it was not caused by a different, treatable problem. If it turns out that it is due to conditions at work, you may be entitled to make an industrial deafness claim and receive compensation.