Hearing Loss Clinic Comes To Aid Of Stoke Pottery Workers

Irwin Mitchell Launches Clinic To Help Hearing Loss Victims

08.10.2010

Pottery workers, who have launched a legal battle to prove that their hearing has been damaged as a result of noisy working conditions, are hoping a special hearing loss clinic will take them a step closer to achieving justice.

The clinic has been arranged by workplace illness specialists at Irwin Mitchell solicitors and is being held on Sunday 10th October at the Best Western Hotel, Stoke on Trent, within the hotel’s Etruria Hall, the former home of Josiah Wedgwood.

Audiologists and an ENT consultant will be carrying out a series of diagnostic hearing tests on existing Irwin Mitchell clients as well as providing a drop-in clinic service for any potteries workers who are concerned about hearing loss.

Mark Allen, Head of Irwin Mitchell’s Industrial Deafness team, explained: “Since the Stoke Sentinel first highlighted the problem of widespread hearing loss amongst potteries workers, almost a year ago, we have received hundreds of enquiries from local people who believe they have been affected.

“This clinic will not only provide medical reports for our clients who are all currently involved in legal action, but will also give other Stoke workers who are worried about hearing problems, the opportunity to turn up on the day and have a free hearing test and consultation with a member of our team.

“We know that some of the biggest employers in the potteries industry have, over the years, breached noise levels in their factories and the legacy of this is a generation of workers who are now suffering noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus which has greatly affected their quality of life. However the pottery industry was not alone in failing to protect its employees and workers in other industries often suffer the same problems.”

Anyone wishing to attend the hearing clinic at the Best Western Hotel, Festival Way, Stoke on Trent between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 10th October is welcome to either pre-book an appointment with Natalie Chapman at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors on 0114 2744464 or alternatively just drop in on the day.

If you or a loved one has suffered from hearing damage such as acoustic shock, tinnitus, and noise-induced hearing loss caused by conditions at work our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.