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£3,000 — £7,000*

Mild work-related tin­ni­tus or hear­ing loss

£7,000 — £10,000*

Mod­er­ate work-related tin­ni­tus or hear­ing loss

£10,000 — £20,000*

Severe work-related tin­ni­tus or hear­ing loss

£20,000 or more *

Profound work-related deafness

* Based on max­i­mum JSB Guidelines

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Types of Deafness

Acoustic Trauma

Acoustic trauma, sometimes called acoustic shock, occurs when a person’s hearing is subjected to extremely loud noise.

Without protection such as ear defenders the acoustic shock from loud noise has been known to cause irreparable hearing damage including perforated eardrums. Until the government began to ensure that employers adhered to health and safety regulations, employees were often not provided with adequate equiment.


Tinnitus, a common form of hearing damage, affects roughly 15% of the population of the UK during their lifetime.

The most common symptoms are ringing, buzzing, or whistling noises in one and sometimes both ears. Tinnitus sufferers often mistake these noises as real which can cause dismay. For more information about tinnitus please visit The Royal National Institute for Deaf People or the British Tinnitus Association.

Temporary Loss Of Hearing

Temporary hearing loss, also known as temporary threshold shift, can happen to people exposed to sustained high volume noises.

The most common symptom is a loss of hearing shortly after being exposed to very loud noise. This loss of hearing normally presents as all sound being muffled or dulled. By preventing further exposure to loud noise (by use of ear defenders or plugs) symptoms will often subside within 24 hours. However failure to prevent exposure can lead to longer term hearing damage.

Permanent Loss of Hearing

Permanent loss of hearing often occurs when a employee is exposed to high levels of percussive noise at work.

It is especially likely in workplaces that do not provide adequate protection over a number of years. Usually, sufferers will begin to struggle to hear conversations as their ears will begin unable to hear certain frequencies. Very loud noises damage the tiny hairs inside the ear that sense the vibrations of sound and if enough become damaged permanent hearing loss is the inevitable result.

What to do next

Get a lawyer to take a look at your case.

Industrial Deafness claims can be complex and difficult to pursue. As with any complex matter it’s always best to take advice before deciding on a course of action. Howarth & Lees offer a free consultation to identify if you have a claim which is likely to win. If you do, and you wish to proceed, you can choose to instruct Howarth & Lees to proceed on your behalf on a no win no fee basis.

Get a hearing test.

Before any claim for deafness as a result of hearing loss can proceed it is always necessary to establish the level of deafness you suffer from. Howarth & Lees can arrange for an audiologist to carry out a hearing test on you to find out the level of deafness you are suffering.

Make a claim against the employer’s insurer

Once you have taken advice and had a hearing test carried out, the next step is to make a claim against your employer’s insurer. This can take time and may well require litigation for which you will need a lawyer. Howarth & Lees provide an “end to end” service and will act on your behalf to see your claim through.

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