The causes of hearing damage in both ears (symmetrical deafness) are often the result of long term exposure to excessive levels of noise within industrial / heavy manufacturing workplaces, almost always described as industrial deafness.
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In 2009, a Court Of Appeal ruled in a case concerning noise induced hearing loss and safety in the workplace. It contended employers were liable for any risk that would give rise to injuries, such as hearing damage that existed, not just for a reasonably-foreseeable risk, as was previously held.
It has often been claimed that we live in an increasingly noisy world. The raising of awareness and introducing health & safety legislation has no doubt been responsible for the vast improvement in working conditions over the past 40 years in industrial, manufacturing, factory and building site environments for a workforce who were at most risk from developing industrial deafness.
We are moving our “Don’t suffer in Silence Campaign” to raise awareness in Stafford and Walsall.
The most common occupational health problem, especially in the manufacturing industries is industrial deafness. It is easy to identify, not very difficult to measure, and is in most cases, controllable.