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Industrial DeafnessIndustrial Deafness

(Noise Induced Hearing Loss - NIHL)

Since 1963 employers became aware that exposure to loud noise in the workplace could cause their employees to develop hearing problems later in life. Many employers chose not to provide their employees with ear defenders which has resulted in thousands of workers losing some, if not most, of their hearing.

Many people are aware that as people get older their hearing deteriorates. It is due to this that many people simply do not know that they have industrial deafness. It is only by having a hearing test that it can be determined if the hearing loss is due to age or noise.

Noisy workplaces

Industrial DeafnessWorkers in the following industries often worked in factories and workplaces where heavy machinery was being used and have successfully claimed compensation - this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Car Industry workers (both privately owned and under nationalisation)
  • Ship builders/repairers
  • Road construction workers
  • Local authority workers
  • Rail workers
  • Power industry workers (CEGB and contractors)
  • Ex-nationalised industry workers such as YEB, British Gas
  • Steel workers such as Foundry men
  • Paper mills
  • Wood/saw mills
  • Mining

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