Legendary entertainer Cilla Black has suggested her earlier career singing at Liverpool’s historic Cavern Club could now be coming back to haunt her in the form of hearing loss.
Musicians are known to be among those most at risk of industrial deafness, due to their regular exposure to loud noise. Speaking at a Royal Television Society awards ceremony to mark her 50 years in show business, Cilla claimed that she shunned the offer of earplugs because she could not hear herself properly when she wore them.
Now she thinks those performances at the club, most famous for playing a key role in The Beatles’ early career, has left her “totally deaf”. She added that her condition has caused her to decline the many offers of work she has received since her life was portrayed in a three-part ITV drama earlier this year.
Ear protection essential in noisy environments
This case highlights the value of ear protection for anyone working in a loud environment, regardless of their age.
From musicians and nightclub staff to employees working on construction sites or in factories where noisy machinery is present, employers have a duty to provide ear protection to preserve their hearing. As this case shows, staff should always accept this equipment when it is offered.
It is important not to fall into the trap of thinking that young people are unaffected by loud noises and hearing loss. As Cilla’s story proves, the symptoms of hearing loss can take a long time to present themselves, and the problem can be built up over a number of years. Symptoms of hearing loss include:
- Struggling to follow conversations
- Failing to notice the telephone or doorbell ringing
- Needing the television volume turned up louder than usual
If you begin to notice these problems, and feel your former work environment could be to blame for the deterioration of your hearing, speak to the experts at Croftons Solicitors today. Our hearing loss specialists will work hard on your behalf to find out who is responsible, and can even help you claim if the company you worked for no longer exists.
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