Personal Injury: Now Hear This
Occupational hearing loss is decreasing, yet claims for noise-induced hearing loss look unlikely to go away. James Shrimpton explains why the music and entertainment industries should brace themselves for an onslaught of claims
The vast majority of claims for noise-induced hearing loss come from heavy industry. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that in the UK there are 170,000 people suffering deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions due to exposure to excessive noise at work. As a result, it aims to eliminate new cases of occupational noise-induced hearing loss by 2030. Does this mean, then, that this type of claim is a dying breed? The likely increase of claims from the music and entertainment industry, combined with the growth of new technology such as iPods, would suggest not.
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