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Four Figure Sum Awarded For Man Suffering From Work Related Hearing Loss

A 41 year old man living in Reading, has received £8,000 in compensation from his former employer; British Telecommunications (BT) for acoustic shock after he developed noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus as a result of being exposed to bursts of excessive high pitched noise whilst at work.

Mr F was employed with BT for 17 years as a joiner/faults man and later as a supervisor. He began his employment in 1983 before leaving the company in 2000.

During the course of his employment Mr F was exposed to bursts of high pitched white noise through his head set. This acoustic shock resulted in Mr F suffering from hearing loss and tinnitus.

The hearing loss and tinnitus, which is a high pitched noise which can be in either central or effect one side of hearing more than the other is permanent and irreversible.

The permanent hearing loss and constant tinnitus has had a significant effect on Mr F’s life, who now has to change tasks in his day-to-day life, such as leaving on the TV and radio when trying to sleep in an attempt to hide the ringing in his ears. He also finds it very difficult to communicate with his family.

Irwin Mitchell Lawyer Reiss Matthews who represented Mr F added, "Mr F was a hard working employee who devoted a large part of his working life to BT. Regrettably, due to defective equipment at work, Mr F has sustained significant hearing loss and tinnitus which can have a major impact on a person's home and work life. However, I am pleased that my client was subsequently able to rely on the Work Equipment regulations and was awarded damages which they have been able to use to purchase equipment such as tinnitus maskers to assist him with living with this difficult condition."

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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