One in six people in the UK are suffering from some form of hearing loss, new figures suggest.
Campaign group Action for Hearing Loss says that 3.7 million of those experiencing some form of deafness are of working age.
While it is not clear how many of these cases can be attributed directly to industrial hearing loss, the World Health Organisation is clear that prolonged exposure to noise above 80 decibels is the biggest cause of hearing loss worldwide.
Noisy working environments and loud music are the two primary causes of this. Jobs where workers are particularly at risk include construction, manufacturing, music venue staff and the armed forces.
This can also cause tinnitus, a persistent ringing in the ears that is thought to affect one in ten UK adults. Of these, one per cent suffer from tinnitus so severe that it impacts upon their quality of life.
Deafness sufferers reluctant to seek help
The research has also revealed that people are reluctant to seek help when they begin to show signs of hearing loss, with sufferers taking an average of ten years to tackle the problem.
There are an estimated four million UK residents who would benefit from a hearing aid, but have yet to seek help for their condition.
As their hearing deteriorates, people have been found to withdraw from social activities and experienced a breakdown in their personal relationships as communication becomes more difficult.
How a personal injury solicitor can help
While seeking medical advice is of course an important step towards managing the situation, in many cases hearing loss can be irreversible.
Should your condition have been caused by a noisy working environment, you may be eligible to receive compensation, and this is where a solicitor can help.
Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment, and this includes protective equipment for the ears in noisy working conditions.
If you did not receive any safety equipment, or you felt that what you were given was faulty or inadequate, Croftons Solicitors will assess your case and determine the likely success of a claim.
If you would like help dealing with the consequences of industrial hearing loss, you can call Croftons Solicitors free today on 0800 2800 094.