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At work, your employer has a duty to minimise noise in the workplace in order to prevent the high exposure levels which have been proven to be a potential cause of industrial deafness and tinnitus. There are regulations in place, including, The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 which outline what acceptable levels of noise are, how employers should ensure that noise levels are minimised and that suitable protective equipment, such as ear defenders, is provided.

Industrial Deafness

Industrial deafness can best be described as the deterioration of your hearing as a result of your working environment and conditions.

Any employee who is exposed to loud noise over a prolonged period, or in exceptional cases even for a relatively short period, is at risk of developing industrial deafness.


Tinnitus is a physical condition (rather than a disease) and can also be caused by an overexposure to noise. The condition manifests itself by causing noises (most often described as ‘ringing') in the ears when no such noise is actually present.

The length and intensity of exposure to loud noises both on a daily basis and over a period of time are contributing factors to industrial deafness and tinnitus.

Occupations which are most frequently affected by industrial deafness and tinnitus are those who use heavy machinery and include the manufacturing, construction, agriculture and transport industries.

Industrial Deafness and Tinnitus Claim Advice

If you have been affected by noise levels in your workplace and have suffered tinnitus or industrial deafness as a result, please contact Francis Hanna Solicitors today. We will guide you through the claims process for industrial deafness and tinnitus and can also advise you on your eligibility for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Please telephone us for further information or for a free, no obligation discussion on 028 9024 3901 or contact us online using the contact us form.