Military Hearing Loss Claims | Military Injury Compensation | Irwin Mitchell

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Serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces can often mean working in a noisy environment. Most will get used to the excessive noise after a while, but this can lead to very serious consequences if the proper safety measures are not taken.

A noisy working environment can lead to serious hearing problems and you may find yourself asking people to repeat themselves, or turning the volume on your TV up a few notches.

If you have developed hearing loss after working in a noisy environment, and you were not protected from that risk, then you could make a claim for compensation. You can even make a claim if you are no longer serving in the military, or it has been many years since you did.

What We Do

In recent years, there have been a growing number of deafness claims arising out of service in the military, including allegations of inadequate ear protection.

We have successfully pursued many cases as a result of unprotected exposure to excessive noise while serving in the Armed Forces. Examples of noise exposure can include:

  • Gun and artillery fire
  • Mortars
  • Explosions
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Aircraft noise
  • Vehicle engine noise
  • Brass bands

In any hearing loss case, we consider the volume, frequency, duration and intensity of the noise that you were exposed to. We interpret audiograms and have medical experts who can help develop your claim.

Noise-induced hearing loss is not the only symptom caused as a result of excessive noise exposure. Tinnitus and hyperacusis are also frequently caused by these cases.

These conditions cause life-long problems affecting work and home life. If you believe you have suffered due to being exposed to excessive noise whilst serving in the Armed Forces, you should seek legal advice about claiming for compensation for the damage it has caused.

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

Our military injury team has helped many people to claim compensation for cases where hearing has been damaged due to the exposure to excessive noise whilst serving in the Armed Forces. We also have solicitors that are former military personnel, who understand the difficulties faced in these matters. We frequently encounter Combat Immunity Defences by the MoD and know what to look for when examining the case in detail.

If you make a hearing loss claim with us, you could win a much larger compensation amount than you might have achieved with the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). 

For more on the difficulties associated with the AFCS and how we could help, please visit our information page.

Contact Us For Advice On Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Claims

If you believe you have suffered because of exposure to excessive noise which could have been prevented, call our team on 0800 022 3321 or contact us online and we will get back to you.


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The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.

All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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Andrew Buckham

"I have witnessed the dedication, courage and sacrifice shown by our service personnel first hand, and it spurs me on to defend their rights tirelessly."

Associate solicitor Andrew Buckham, former Major in the Army Legal Services