Being unaware that a loud noise in the workplace can cause permanent hearing damage may not exclude claiming compensation based on the date of first knowing of the hearing loss and its cause.
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Even relatively low levels of noise can cause problems under certain circumstances. Irritating background noise causes stress resulting in an increased metabolic rate and lowering an individual’s resistance to noise, which can lead to noise induced hearing loss.
Understanding what leads to hearing loss is key to knowing how to make a successful compensation claim.
Mr B of Nottingham worked for the Ministry of Defence for nearly 20 years. He worked at the Dockyard in Chatham, Kent, where he was exposed to excessive noise, whilst employed as an Electrical Fitter.
Mr J of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, was a former Electrician for the National Coal Board, from 1971 to 1989. He is now 56 years old and suffers with hearing loss, which was caused by exposure to excessive noise at work.