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Law Firm Irwin Mitchell Supports Tinnitus Awareness Week

Specialist Industrial Disease Lawyers Call On Employers To Improve Protection From Excessive Noise For Workers


Specialist industrial disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have called on employers to improve the protection provided to workers to reduce the number of people who suffer from hearing damage caused by their working environment.

Ahead of National Tinnitus Awareness Week, which is organised by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) and runs from 2nd-8th February 2015, expert lawyers have said some employees are not given basic protective equipment to protect them from excessive noise in the workplace.

According to figures from the BTA, 10% of UK adults suffer with tinnitus, with one in ten going on to report the condition has a severe impact on the quality of their day-to-day life, including depression, anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation.

Figures from the BTA indicate that around 6.3 million people in the UK are thought to suffer with some form of tinnitus, which can have a significant impact on their lives and cause them anger and frustration.

Mark Allen, a specialist industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: 
Expert Opinion
Tinnitus is an extremely frustrating condition for those who suffer from it, as well as for their friends and family who can struggle to understand the problems it can cause. It can have a significant impact on the lives of sufferers and we hope this awareness week will raise the profile of the condition and inform sufferers of the help and support available to them.

“All too often, in our work, we deal with people who have suffered noise-induced hearing damage as a result of being exposed to excessive levels of noise at work. It is vital employers do more to protect their members of staff and take any necessary action to protect the hearing of employees who spend time in a noisy environment.

“Employees have the right not to face adverse effects of going to work and doing their job. Unfortunately, we regularly see cases where a lack of simple health and safety has led to hearing damage and conditions such as tinnitus.

“We hope that the support and awareness raised this week will showcase the importance of protecting workers and the long-term and life-changing consequences that a lack of hearing protection can have on workers.”
Mark Allen, Associate Director

Tinnitus is a condition which leaves victims hearing noises in their ears or head when there is no external noise present and is often described by sufferers as a constant background noise, such as humming, buzzing, ringing or whistling.

It can often have far-reaching consequences, including depression, sleep deprivation and anxiety. It can also cause embarrassment for sufferers, as they can struggle to follow conversations and regularly ask people to repeat themselves.

Tinnitus Awareness Week 2015 runs from 2nd-8th February and aims to raise awareness of the condition. Irwin Mitchell is getting involved in several events across the country to help provide those affected with support and advice. For more information about activities taking place, visit: http://www.tinnitus.org.uk/TAW2015

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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