Some basic guidelines on possible noise levels in the workplace:
Hearing loss caused by noise at work is usually measured by a hearing specialist at a hospital on an audiogram. The hospital specialist carries out a hearing test, and the result of the hearing test is recorded on an audiogram.
An experienced hospital specialist, such as an ENT surgeon will read the audiogram, and advise whether it indicates hearing loss caused by noise at work.
The hospital specialist when reviewing the audiogram is looking for high frequency sensorineural hearing loss of a sufficient degree to enable him to be able to advise that it is the result of damage caused by high noise levels at work.
Generally, if the noise at work has caused sensorineural hearing loss it is also likely to be the cause of any tinnitus.
It may be possible to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit if the hearing loss was caused by noise at work. This benefit is dealt with by Jobcentre Plus. There are conditions that determine whether an applicant is eligible for the benefit, and the scheme requires the applicant to attend a hearing test. Read our hearing loss case study
If your employer has failed to take steps to reduce excessive noise in your working environment or provide protective equipment such as ear defenders etc – you may be entitled to make a claim.