05 May 2021

Deaf Awareness Week 2021 runs from 4th - 9th May 2021 and aims not only to promote the positive aspects of living with deafness but to raise awareness of organisations that work to support those living with hearing loss and deafness within our communities.

At Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, we have decades of experience in supporting and advising those who have suffered from industrial deafness and tinnitus caused by their working environment.

At work, your employer has a duty to minimise noise in the workplace in order to prevent the high exposure levels which have been proven to be a potential cause of industrial deafness and tinnitus. There are regulations in place, including The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 which outline what acceptable levels of noise are, how employers should ensure that noise levels are minimised and that suitable protective equipment, such as ear defenders, is provided.

What is Industrial Deafness?

Industrial deafness can best be described as the deterioration of your hearing as a result of your working environment and conditions.  Any employee who is exposed to loud noise over a prolonged period, or in exceptional cases even for a relatively short period, is at risk of developing industrial deafness.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a physical condition (rather than a disease) and can also be caused by an overexposure to noise. The condition manifests itself by causing noises (most often described as ‘ringing') in the ears when no such noise is actually present.

The length and intensity of exposure to loud noises both on a daily basis and over a period of time are contributing factors to industrial deafness and tinnitus.

Occupations which are most frequently affected by industrial deafness and tinnitus are those who use heavy machinery and include the manufacturing, construction, agriculture and transport industries.

You or a friend or family member may have been affected by noise levels in your workplace and have suffered tinnitus or industrial deafness as a result.  If so, we can help to guide you through the claims process for industrial deafness and tinnitus and can also advise you on your eligibility for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

For further information or for a free, no obligation discussion please contact us on 028 9024 3901 or via email at info@fhanna.co.uk