Noise induce hearing loss is irreversible and may significantly impact on the lives of those who have suffered this occupational injury. Symptoms not only include a loss of hearing acuity, but also a distortion of speech and chronic tinnitus. Claims have significantly increased over the last few years and there are many new cases of workers receiving compensation each year. The control of noise at work regulations require noise assessments and health surveillance in all places of work where noise levels exceed the action levels.
Where a claim is made for noise induced hearing loss, investigations undertaken by Hawkins may include:
If a workplace wishes to avoid a claim, a full hearing conservation programme must be implemented. Hawkins will:
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