Read our NIHL guide to find out more about the work-related hearing damage and the steps we recommend you follow if you are concerned about yourself or someone close to you.
Common Noise Induced Hearing Loss Symptoms
Noise induced hearing loss symptoms can be subtle and practically unnoticeable in the very beginning, but the damage can worsen and become permanent if left unchecked.
If you, a family member or friend complains about any of the following symptoms, there may be hearing damage involved:
- Temporary hearing loss: If your hearing is impaired for hours after being exposed to loud noise, but returns to normal, this is a very early warning sign of noise induced hearing loss.
- Muffled hearing: Noise damage can affect the higher frequencies your ears pick up, meaning that conversations or certain words can become difficult to hear.
- Ringing ear or ears: Hearing a constant ringing or swishing when there is no actual sound can be a sign your brain is trying to find signals from parts of your inner ear still performing, leading to the exaggeration and overrepresentation of certain sounds.
Look out for the day-to-day NIHL warning signs
There is also a selection of day-to-day warning signs that can indicate that you or a loved one is experiencing noise induced hearing loss. These include:
- People seem to mumble or you struggle to hear all words and sounds clearly
- You struggle to hear conversations in noisy environments
- You can’t pick up on normal household sounds
- Telephone conversations become increasingly difficult
- You cannot hear properly when your back is turned away from the noise
- Family often complain about the volume of your TV or radio
If you suffer from any Noise Induced Hearing Loss symptoms or warning signs, getting in contact with your local GP is a must. They will be able to refer you to a medical specialist, who can diagnose your condition and offer medical advice on how to prevent your hearing loss from worsening over time. Meanwhile, they can also provide you with access to medical treatment or equipment you require.
Common causes of Noise Induced Hearing Loss Symptoms
Noise induced hearing loss is typically caused by a single loud noise or repeated exposure to a noisy environment.
If you are employed in a loud environment or work in close proximity to noisy machinery or equipment, this may have led to your hearing damage. Employees who suffer from noise induced hearing loss, whose employers have not implemented adequate policies and procedures to reduce or control any related hazards, can look to claim compensation for any damage caused.
Contact Roberts Jackson
If you would like to find out more about claiming compensation for noise induced hearing loss, please feel free to get in contact with Roberts Jackson on 0800 001 4496 for an initial consultation. Alternatively, you can read our guide on how to claim for industrial deafness or fill in a claims enquiry form on the right to start your claims process.