Our hearing is so important to us and as such an injury affecting hearing can have a devastating life long impact on an individual. Everyday things that we all take for granted may be affected or even lost forever, and it can be a huge challenge to adjust and learn to cope without your normal hearing.
Nothing can ever truly compensate you for an accident that has damaged an individual’s ability to hear, but we can fight on your behalf to make sure you are provided with the support and resources that you need to help you in your life going forward.
Impact of injury to hearing
Not all injuries affecting a person’s hearing are so severe as to cause complete deafness but, whatever the injury, the effects on you can still be traumatic even if they are temporary rather than permanent.
The range of injuries affecting your hearing can include:
- complete deafness
- loss of hearing in one ear only
- partial hearing loss
- mild, moderate or severe hearing loss
- noise induced hearing loss (NIHL)
- hyperacusis (sensitivity to certain sounds, such as high-pitched or loud noises)
- trauma to the ear drum or canal.
Common accident circumstances resulting in injury to hearing
Injuries affecting hearing commonly occur in circumstances such as the following:
- acoustic shock – exposure to a very loud noise in a single event (e.g. an explosion)
- exposure to loud noise over a long period of time, such as when working with machinery, tools and equipment
- foreign objects entering the ear, for example glass following a transport accident
- criminal assaults
- direct trauma to the head or around the ear.
The parts of our ears that allow us to hear are unfortunately relatively delicate, and our hearing can be damaged in any number of ways through all sorts of unfortunate circumstances.
If you or a loved one has had an accident or have been exposed to loud noise for a long period of time, which has caused an injury to your hearing then you may have a hearing loss compensation claim. Please speak to our Personal Injury (PI) and Industrial Deafness lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.