21 November 2019
Military Deafness – has the Armed Forces caused my hearing loss?
What is Noise Induced Hearing Loss?
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the result of being exposed to excessive noise over a prolonged period of time. Whether this noise is from a jackhammer or gunfire, to speakers in a nightclub, it makes no difference – exposure to loud noise can damage the hearing permanently.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms are different for everyone, but this could be gradual or subtle symptoms, such as not being able to hear family and friends in a busy bar or restaurant, or being told you have the TV louder or talk too loudly, or you miss the telephone or doorbell ringing.
You may also be suffering from tinnitus, which is a ringing or buzzing noise in your ears.
Hearing loss in the military?
Serving in the military is a dangerous career. Whilst it is accepted that sometimes an injury can occur, the Ministry of Defence has a duty to look the health and safety of their service personnel.
When it comes to noise, this is an easily reduced hazard. It is inevitable that noise will occur from gunfire, artillery, vehicles and aircraft, but it is the duty of the MoD to reduce or control the noise levels or provide adequate protection where necessary.
If you have served in HM Forces and been exposed to noise, whether from gunfire, explosions, vehicles, aircraft or anything else, get in touch and have a no obligation chat with us, whether you have previously served in the military or still serve today.
How to Claim
Noise Induced Hearing Loss can be caused by a variety of jobs including factory work, construction work, manufacturing, agriculture and in the Armed Forces.
If you have served in HM Forces after 1987 and been exposed to loud noise, then call us today for a free consultation and advice on 0800 008 7450 (mobile friendly 0333 240 0340) or text "CURTIS" to 82727 and we will call you back at a time that suits you.
David Hughes – November 2019