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Working in the British military comes with more risk of injury than many other professions simply due to the nature of the job. However, this does not mean that you should accept your injury or illness if it has been caused by some form of negligence on your employer’s part. Many military personnel are unaware that it is possible to claim hearing loss compensation for any damage to their hearing they have suffered as a direct result of employer negligence, but it is.

If you have not been provided with hearing protection whilst you have been working around excessive noise in the British Army, Navy or RAF, and have suffered from some sort of hearing loss or damage, you may be able to pursue a claim, even if you are still working in the forces.

What is occupational hearing loss and what are the symptoms?

Occupational hearing loss is the name for the condition suffered by people who have damaged or lost their hearing after being exposed to loud noise at work. There are two different types of occupational hearing loss – noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) and acoustic shock syndrome. Noise induced hearing loss will typically affect people who are repeatedly exposed to loud noise, whereas acoustic shock syndrome is caused by a one-off exposure to a very loud noise, such as an explosion.

There are a range of symptoms of NIHL and acoustic shock syndrome, the first of which obviously being hard of hearing. Others include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Jaw and neck pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Ear pain
  • Hypersensitive hearing

Causes of hearing loss in the military

As mentioned above, any military environment can be dangerous, and is often very noisy. Listed below are just some examples of what can cause hearing loss in the military:

  • IED blasts/explosions
  • Engineering rooms
  • Weapon firing
  • Flight decks
  • Shipboard noise

If you work around noisy equipment or in loud areas, it’s almost impossible to attempt to suppress the noise. However, it is possible for the forces to provide their employees with hearing protection such as isolation headsets, which is what they should be doing. If they don’t, it is possible for military personnel to claim hearing loss compensation.

Claiming compensation for hearing loss in the military

Suffering from hearing loss or damage can be extremely frustrating and painful and can affect your ability to work and enjoy your life outside of work too. If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, you could be eligible to claim compensation for hearing loss in the military.

Doing so may seem strange, but it can actually have a positive impact on your life going forward. If, for example, you are unable to continue to work in the military either temporarily or permanently due to the damage you have suffered to your hearing, you might be worried about getting into money trouble. Compensation can help prevent this from happening by making up for lost wages. It can also help pay for specialist treatments or medications that you may need to help with your hearing.

Hearing loss is not the only military-related injury that you can pursue a compensation claim for either. In fact, there are many injuries that you can make military accident claims for, including fire incidents, sports related injuries, road traffic accidents and exposure to harmful substances. To make a claim you will need to contact a specialist military accident claims solicitor, who can advise and represent you from start to finish.

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