If you are suffering from hearing loss and your hearing loss was caused by a past or present employer, then you may be able to make an industrial deafness claim.

You are legally entitled to financial compensation for your hearing loss, if your employer was responsible for causing your illness. For example, if your employer failed in their legal duty to protect you from harm at work, then you could be held liable.

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Under the circumstances, it is essential that you seek sound legal advice. To get this, you should speak to a lawyer who specialises in hearing loss and industrial deafness claims, since they will have relevant case experience, and therefore, the best advice to offer.

Below, you will find some information about the different types of hearing loss, to help you understand the condition you might be experiencing.

Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss affects the middle of the ear. It is caused by a condition or a disease, or a blockage in the external ear canal. If one is diagnosed with hearing loss that is caused by the middle ear’s inability to transmit noise, then conductive hearing loss will usually be diagnosed. This type of hearing loss can, however, sometimes be improved with medicine, however it is likely a hearing aid will need to be worn.

Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss affects the inner ear right through to the auditory nerve. It has been found that this type of hearing loss comes about, due to damage to the organ of Corti, or because of damage to the hair cells, which because damaged cannot stimulate the auditory nerve into hearing. This type of hearing loss does not usually respond to medical treatment. It is claimed to be irreversible and it can get worse over time.

You can make industrial deafness claims for conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is often described as a “ringing in the ears”, but it can in fact manifest itself in many ways, such as a hissing, roaring or whirring noise. Tinnitus is the medical term for hearing sounds that come from inside your body. Tinnitus is usually caused by a prolonged exposure to loud or repetitive noises, however it has been known to be caused by sudden changes in pressure, such as when an explosion occurs or if there is a sudden vacuum.

However, tinnitus can be also caused by an underlying medical condition, and where this is the case, medical treatment is possible. For example, tinnitus can be caused by a build-up of earwax, and it can also be caused by an ear infection. Treatment for these conditions could eliminate a person’s tinnitus, or at least reduce the symptoms the patient experiences.