Industrial deafness, including noise-induced hearing loss, tinnitus and acoustic shock disorder, is caused by long-term exposure to excessive noise. Employers have a duty of care and to provide them with the correct personal protective equipment for use while carrying out their duties. If you have previously served in the armed forces, military, ministry of defence, royal navy or the royal air force for three or more years and are now suffering from problems with your hearing, you could be suffering from work-related hearing loss and could be entitled to £1000s in compensation.
As with many cumulative work-related illnesses, the symptoms of industrial deafness often go unnoticed in the early stages, but they worsen over time. Many people are unaware their symptoms have been caused by their work, and often put them down to the simple process of ageing. But these symptoms can be disabling and isolating, and are generally irreversible.