As we understand more that loud noise damages the ears, we are all becoming better educated when it comes to the risks of hearing loss. Whether it is constant exposure to loud noise, or the occasional burst of sound, the ears are unforgiving when they are damaged.
What is Acoustic Trauma?
Acoustic Trauma, also referred to as acoustic shock, occurs when the ear is subjected to very loud noise; either suddenly, or over a long period of time. Common examples would be explosions, gunshots, or shouting at close proximity. When using a telephone headset you may be at risk if the person to whom you are talking suddenly shouts, or if some kind of malfunction causes loud, sharp feedback. If the ears are not protected then the noise can cause irreparable damage such as a perforated eardrum, tinnitus, temporary loss of hearing or even permanent loss of hearing,
How to prevent acoustic shock
In the case of working in a very noisy environment, the risk of suffering from acoustic shock can be minimised through the use of personal protective equipment such as ear-defenders or earplugs. However, in a situation where the employee wears a headset to communicate with others, the headset must be fitted with noise limiters. These work by automatically reducing the volume of the conversation, or simply not transmitting noises above 118 decibels to the user of the equipment.
Who is at risk?
Anyone who uses a headset as a part of their job can be at risk of suffering from acoustic trauma; those who work in call-centres are particularly at risk due to the high proportion of their working lives spent using such equipment. Anyone who uses a CB radio or any other types of headsets are also at risk, along with anyone who works in a particularly noisy environment without ear protection.
What if my hearing has been damaged?
If your hearing has been damaged as a result of exposure to loud noise in your workplace, you could well be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Our solicitors have years of experience in handling cases involving hearing loss, and as such are best placed to help and advise you with your case. Contact us today for a free, no obligations discussion about your case and let us see how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.