Only 41 per cent of NHS audiology departments give tinnitus sufferers access to four key services needed to help manage their condition, according to a new report from charity Action on Hearing Loss launched to mark Tinnitus Awareness Week (2 – 8 February).
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An audiologist from Sydney, Australia has highlighted the growing problem of farm deafness, commenting, “there are a lot of potentially deaf farmers out there.” Although the study looks at deafness as an issue on Australian farms, the concern is by no means limited and affects other countries across the world.
Campaigners have accused the NHS of ‘cruel’ rationing over hearing aids, despite 10 million people in the UK suffering from hearing loss. The charity Action on Hearing warns that these cuts could lead to an increase in depression and dementia in hearing loss sufferers.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss Sufferer, Mr Stephen McGregor, Wins Settlement of £5,000 Through WE Solicitors.
Mr Stephen McGregor was exposed to excessive levels of noise, whilst working for British Leather, Ductavent and General Motors UK Limited (Vauxhall). Mr McGregor was exposed to excessive noise on a daily basis with each employer. He was never provided with any hearing protection nor was he given any training on the dangers of exposure to excessive noise.
Mr G was exposed to excessive levels of noise, whilst working in the foundry industry for a period of over 3 to 4 years. Mr G worked for Mather & Platt Ltd of St Germain Street, Farnworth, in Bolton, between the years; 1978 and 1982. He was employed as a machine moulder, a furnace man and a crane driver, during his employment and was exposed to the noise of moulding machinery, the noise of castings being knocked out, the roar of the furnaces and general factory noise.