Deaf Awareness Week 2018 – understanding for those suffering hearing loss
14 – 20 May 2018 is Deaf Awareness Week #DAW18.
Organised by the charity Action on Hearing Loss, the week aims to promote an understanding of what it is like to suffer hearing loss, and to encourage people to help others by speaking clearly without shouting.
It is believed that 11 million people in the UK suffer from hearing loss – that’s one in six of us – and this is estimated to increase to 15.6 million by 2035.
The most common cause of hearing loss is ageing. The second most common is noise-induced hearing loss, when someone is exposed to loud noise for long periods of time, often in a noisy workplace. Many people don’t experience the hearing loss until years after they were exposed to the excessive noise, making it hard to work out what caused it.
The Health & Safety Executive estimated that in 2016, 20,000 people working in Great Britain suffered from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) caused or made worse by work.
Workers within such industries as construction and manufacturing as well as tradesmen and nightclubs are susceptible to hearing damage. Meanwhile, those who have been employed in shipyards, coalmines and textile mills may have also been exposed to a lot of noise pollution.
If provided with the correct safety equipment and procedures, workers are less likely to develop a hearing problem. However if adequate protection is not available, employees exposed to loud noise are at a higher risk of losing their hearing.
Temporary hearing loss or ringing in the ears (tinnitus) are early warning signs of noise induced hearing loss. If you suffer from these symptoms, we would recommend that you inform your employer as they can implement additional health and safety measures in order to prevent your hearing from worsening.
We would recommend that you visit your GP for an official diagnosis. They can refer you to a medical specialist, who will be able to identify your hearing problem and determine whether or not it has been caused by your working environment. Alternatively, you can get in contact with the Roberts Jackson team directly and we will organise a medical assessment on your behalf.
How do I claim for loss of hearing?
The claims process is simple and straightforward with Roberts Jackson. Once we have gathered all the information we need from you, a dedicated team will look after your claim from start to finish. We will also try to keep contact minimal, allowing you to stay up-to-date with the process while also giving you an opportunity to get your life back to normal.
For further information on pursuing a claim for compensation with us, visit our claim guide where we run through the process step-by-step.
How much compensation will I receive for noise induced hearing loss?
The compensation awarded to noise induced hearing loss sufferers can differ from person to person.
Roberts Jackson solicitors are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for all our claimants. The legal team will work hard to calculate and negotiate your payout to make sure that you are fully compensated for any pain and suffering, financial setbacks and medical treatment you face both now and in the future.
Can I still claim if my former employer or organisation is no longer trading?
You can still pursue a claim for compensation if the responsible organisation is no longer in business, as long as you are within the three year time limit. Our solicitors will get in contact with the insurance provider directly, who will be responsible for providing you with the compensation you deserve.