Hidden Hearing Responds to Hearing Damage Claim by Former Gardener

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Gardener claiming up to £25,000 worth of damages for loss of hearing.

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Working with mechanical machinery poses various health and safety issues, of which hearing is one.

A recent story has featured in the tabloids claiming that year’s of mowing, trimming and chain-sawing has left a gardener with damaged ear drums resulting in noise induced deafness.

According to the article, after managing a lavish country estate for over twenty years the gardener claims that the use of power tools such as lawnmowers, chain-saws and strimmers have deafened him. The gardener hopes to receive up to £25,000 worth of damages.

In response, his employer, a wealthy and now elderly Lady claims that the gardener left her employment with no hearing problems and was in good health. According to the article, she also states that protective clothing, boots, waterproofs and ear protectors were always provided for the gardener.

The article states that he disputes this and claims to have lost 45% of his overall hearing.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing commented on the story, “Working with mechanical machinery poses various health and safety issues, of which hearing is one. Manual jobs such as builders, road workers, plumbers and metal workers are all exposed to loud noises on an everyday basis. Taking conscious efforts to protect and preserve your ears in these circumstances is vital. We recommend always using protective ear- wear in order to avoid any chance of damage to your ears. If using such equipment then regular hearing tests should be taken. We are pleased to provide these free of charge and give advice to anyone with concerns about their hearing.”

Hidden Hearing hopes that such stories will increase the importance of protecting ears in such cases.        

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of thousands of people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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