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Types Of Industrial Deafness

More than 250,000 people in the UK suffer some form of hearing loss as a result of working in noisy environments.  Industrial deafness can have varying degrees of seriousness and it can range from tingling noise to muffled conversation or temporary hearing loss to permanent hearing loss.

If you are in a profession where you are susceptible to hearing impairment, then there are warning signs that you must observe.  It is also essential that you are aware of the hazards present at the workplace that may affect your hearing.  The sooner you are able to identify the signs of hearing loss at work, the better chance you will have of preventing future hearing loss.

There are four main categories of hearing loss.  These include:

Temporary hearing loss

This type of hearing loss occurs directly after being exposed to loud noise at high decibels for several hours.  It is mainly caused when the hair cells in the ears become damaged.  This condition is reversible as the hearing returns to normal in the absence of loud noise.   However, if temporary hearing loss occurs on a regular basis, it can lead to permanent damage.

Permanent hearing loss

This condition occurs when the hair cells in the ears become permanently damaged and is not reversible.  Permanent hearing loss results following exposure to loud noises over several years.  The onset of the condition is noticed when conversations start sounding muffled. You may also misunderstand what others are saying to you.  Further damage to the hearing can be prevented if the early symptoms are identified.

Acoustic trauma

This condition is caused when a person is exposed to a sudden loud noise resulting in permanent hearing loss.  The condition cannot be reversed.  If you work in an environment where you are exposed to sudden loud noises such as explosions or gunshots, it is essential that you wear ear protection.


Persistent or constant buzzing or ringing in the ears is known as tinnitus.  Buzzing or ringing can be heard in one or both the ears.  It can either be temporary or permanent depending on the type of exposure and the duration of the exposure.

You Could Make A Claim

If your hearing loss is due to your working conditions, you may be able to make an industrial deafness claim.

You can discuss your claim with an experienced solicitor by calling us on our free helpline.

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