Hearing loss can result from damage to the inner ear caused by exposure to excessive noise and vibrations. Armed Forces personnel can sustain such injury whilst engaged in firearms training or due to explosions or other trauma related to ballistics/pyrotechnics, or exposure to loud noises from aircraft etc. whether through recurring or even a single exposure to high levels of noise.

What is induced hearing loss and tinnitus?

Exposure to excessive levels of noise can also cause tinnitus (a ringing /buzzing noise in the ear which can be very upsetting and cause significant sleep deprivation and associated issues).

The Ministry of Defence has a duty to protect Armed Forces personnel , for example, by monitoring and reducing noise levels,   providing personnel with safe, appropriate equipment (eg personal protective equipment including hearing protection ) and adequate training.

Not only must such appropriate equipment (including hearing protection) be provided  but  it should be compatible with other equipment , be properly maintained and replaced when necessary and personnel should be adequately trained in its usage.

How to claim for noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus

The onset of hearing loss and tinnitus can be gradual or sudden. Due to the strict time limits which apply to claims it is important that you seek early legal advice if you believe / suspect you have suffered such injury.

Gorvins’ military personal injury department has the knowledge, experience and contacts (with barristers, medical and other experts etc) to provide a nuanced and holistic service to our military clients with noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. This allows us to provide a service which includes not only maximising compensation for injuries and losses, but also securing appropriate rehabilitation, and aids and equipment.

How can Gorvins help and next steps

Gary Boyd, the partner in charge of Gorvins’ military personal injury department, is an acknowledged expert in the highly specialised field of noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus claims. To discuss your case with Gary you can call us on 0161 930 5117 or fill in our online enquiry form and let us call you back to see how we can help.

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