‘Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Worrying the Chamber of Miners’ Asons Solicitors Comment

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‘Mining Weekly’ has reported on the worrying prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss within their industry. Statistics from the ‘Department of Mineral Resources’ indicate that 1,600 cases of noise induced hearing loss are reported on average each year; with hearing loss claims prevalent, safeguards need to be put in place.

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We frequently hear of industrial hearing loss claims where the damage was easily preventable. Hopefully the mining industry will take this into account and make significant changes.

‘Mining Weekly’ has reported on the worrying prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss within their industry. A major occupational health concern, statistics from the ‘Department of Mineral Resources’ indicate that 1,600 cases of noise induced hearing loss are reported on average each year. With hearing loss claims prevalent, safeguards need to be put in place (1).

The term noise induced hearing loss refers to when prolonged exposure to industrial noise causes permanent hearing damage. Traditionally, this kind of hearing loss is often attributed to heavy industry, such as construction and mining, where insufficient protection is used (2).

Caused by trauma to the stereo-cilia of the cochlear, noise induced hearing loss can have varying symptoms, including but not limited to:

  •     A lack of hearing in one or both ears
  •     Missing part or full sentences in conversations
  •     Struggling to hear speech with background noise
  •     Hearing constant ringing, buzzing, hissing, roaring or ticking (3).

Asons Executive, Thomas Fairclough, commented on the news –

"Personal protective equipment needs to be put in place in industries where noise induced hearing loss is a concern, particularly in the mining industry. At the same time those at risk need to be educated as to how and why it needs to be used, full training outlining the risks would help to prevent future complacency.

"We frequently hear of industrial hearing loss claims where the damage was easily preventable. Hopefully the mining industry will take this into account and make significant changes."

According to ‘Mining Weekly’ these considerations are to be taken into account. The chamber of mines head of health, Dr Thuthula Balfour-Kaipa made the following statement -

“As an industry, we have committed to the massive reduction and elimination of Noise Induced Hearing Loss, We need a far more comprehensive noise-control programme. The mining industry is making good strides in ensuring an educated workforce.” (1)

Unfortunately, not all employers are as diligent as they should be. Despite how preventable they are, hearing loss claims are commonplace. In a case where health and safety guidelines haven’t been followed, resulting in Noise Induced Hearing Loss, a case for hearing loss compensation can be made.

Asons Solicitors have a wealth of knowledge and expertise relating to industrial hearing loss claims; priding themselves on the provision of first-class legal advice and support.

If you, or someone you know, have suffered from noise induced hearing loss, contact Asons solicitors today to find out what kind of help is available. Contact Asons on: 0844 850 1062 or fill out a claim form at http://www.asons.co.uk

(1)    Mining Weekly, 20 May, 2013; miningweekly.com/article/noise-induced-hearing-loss-worrying-com-2013-05-20
(2)    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise-induced_hearing_loss
(3)    nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/noise.aspx

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About Asons Solicitors:

Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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