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63-Year-Old Man Suffers Permanent Hearing Loss At Work

Our client, a 63-year-old father of two living in Worcester, has recovered £7,000 in compensation from his former employer, after he brought a claim for acoustic shock when he developed noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus, as a result of being exposed to bursts of excessive high pitched noise.

Geoffrey Pearce was employed with British Telecoms (BT) for 33 years, beginning his employment in July 1977 and retiring from the company in March 2010.

Over the course of his employment, Mr Pearce was exposed to bursts of high pitched white noise through his head set. It was this acoustic shock which resulted in our client suffering from hearing loss and tinnitus.

This form of hearing loss, which results in Mr Pearce hearing a high pitched noise, can be central or can affect one side of the hearing more than the other. Unfortunately, the damage is permanent and irreversible.

Understandably, the permanent hearing loss and tinnitus has had a significant effect on Mr Pearce’s life, and he now has difficulty communicating with his partner and two daughters.

Reiss Matthews, from Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Industrial Illness team, represented Mr Pearce. Commenting on his case, Reiss said: "Mr Pearce was a hard working employee who devoted the majority of his working life to BT.

"Regrettably, due to defective equipment, Mr Pearce sustained significant hearing loss and tinnitus as  a result of going to work, which has had a major impact on his life at home.

"These symptoms could have been avoided, and just emphasises the need for employers to ensure that all precautions are taken to protect their employees."

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.

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