Noise-induced hearing loss

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Our military team are equipped with the necessary expertise to successfully represent military personnel and achieve fair settlements on hearing damage, tinnitus and deafness claims.

We understand the intricate issues which can occur alongside military hearing loss, and will ensure that you receive compensation which takes into account every aspect of life which is affected.

If you are unsure of your eligibility to make a military injury claim, get in touch with our team on 0800 046 2567 during 9am-5pm on weekdays, email MilitaryEnquiries@wilkinchapman.co.uk or fill out the form at the top of this page.


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Noise-induced hearing loss

Hearing conditions such as tinnitus are three and a half times more commonly occurring in veterans than the general population. From the Navy to the RAF to the Army, hearing loss is a common military injury which can severely impact mental health.

What is noise-induced hearing loss?

Whilst avoidance, precaution and hearing protection measures are usually put in place, exposure to excessive noise is a likely occurrence in the military. This might be from explosions, vehicles, weapons or pyrotechnics. Noise-induced hearing loss is hearing damage which is caused by excessive noise exposure - one of the major causes of hearing conditions such as tinnitus, partial and permanent hearing loss.

How do you recognise hearing conditions?

Because damage from noise exposure can be a gradual process, the condition might not be immediately obvious. Subtle changes may transpire over time, such as difficulty differentiating between background and foreground noise, reliance on louder volumes and lip-reading during conversations. Sounds may become distorted or muffled and phantom noises such as ringing, buzzing, hissing, roaring and pulsing can arise.

What are the long-term effects of military hearing loss?

Hearing damage is one of the less visible effects of warfare, so it often receives little attention. However military hearing conditions have debilitating long-term effects. As well as the physically irreversible effects of some hearing conditions, ongoing evidence indicates that hearing loss increases the risk of anxiety and doubles the risk of developing depression. Most sufferers of hearing damage report feeling isolated as a result.

What is the claims process for hearing damage?

Claims for noise-induced hearing loss compensation are usually made up to three years after the injury occurred. During the initial stages of making a military claim, we will provide a free consultation to discuss the circumstances. Following this, we will investigate the extent of the injury and resulting losses.


Related resources

Talking about tinnitus: causes and effects

Common military injuries and how to avoid them

Returning to civilian life after a military injury

Military-related conditions to look out for

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