Hidden Hearing Responds to Increase in Deafness Claims against British Businesses

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Experts in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to new figures which show deafness claims are on the increase.

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87dB is the maximum noise level a worker can be exposed to after taking the muffling of sound protectors into consideration.

Deafness claims against British businesses have rapidly risen to £26 million, with deafness claims made on commercial insurance policies rocketing in recent years

AXA business insurance reports a rise of 162% from 2009 – 2012, with a year on year rise of 75% in 2012 alone. With more claims for deafness than any other type of workplace injury or illness, AXA attributes this to a 30% increase in employer liability claims.

Exposure to loud noises on a regular basis can have considerable effect on hearing and lead to hearing loss over time. Current regulations of the Control of Noises At Work Act 2005 determine that employees exposed to noise levels in excess of 85dB on a daily or weekly basis should be provided with hearing protection. 87dB is the maximum noise level a worker can be exposed to after taking the muffling of sound protectors into consideration.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“Industrial deafness is a hot topic at the moment and taking measures to protect hearing by both the employers and employees is vital to protecting hearing.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 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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