Deafness compensation claims are sometimes associated with frequently noisy industries, such as construction, demolition, or engineering. However, individuals who work in nightclubs are often exposed to dangerously loud sound levels while carrying out their jobs, potentially placing them at risk of sustaining a number of health conditions, such as tinnitus or hearing loss.
According to The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, staff members must not experience a daily or weekly personal sound exposure of 87dB (A-weighted). In addition, if this figure registers at 85dB, managers must provide employees with suitable hearing protection as well as information and training when sound volumes reach 80dB.
Preventing individuals from experiencing this volume is vital as, according to Deafness Research UK, regular exposure to sounds louder than 80dB has the potential to cause tinnitus.
Those who suffer from this ailment often describe a ringing, buzzing, humming, or whistling noise seemingly originating from inside their own head. Although tinnitus can be temporary, it may be the first sign of a more serious hearing problem – and Deafness Research UK claims that up to 80% of regular nightclub visitors have experienced this health condition.
Hearing loss and nightclubs
Although The Control of Noise at Work Regulations legally prevent employers from exposing their staff members to volumes greater than 87dB, figures released by the Trades Union Congress and Action on Hearing Loss revealed that sound levels in some nightclubs were reaching 110dB.
This volume – which is reportedly on par to the sound of an aircraft taking off – can potentially result in permanent hearing loss. Sadly, it appears that many nightclub owners are failing to adequately adhere to The Control of Noise at Work Regulations.
For example, the BBC has reported on the case of one bar manager who damaged his hearing after working in various nightclubs for five and half years. According to the sufferer, if customers complained about the excessive sound levels, his employers – who he does not blame for his condition – provided foam earplugs to them during his last year. Yet, he was unable to wear these protectors himself as they prevented him from adequately listening to patrons.
As a result, he now has difficulties hearing conversations in loud environments, feels pain when listening to high-pitched noises, and is unable to adequately locate where sound is coming from.
If you are suffering a similar situation after working in a nightclub, then Seth Lovis & Co could potentially help you make a claim on deafness, tinnitus or hearing loss.
Hearing loss compensation for nightclub workers
If you sustained hearing loss during a work-related activity and this condition was caused by the negligence of your employer, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Please call our department today on 0808 252 0678 to find out if you could benefit from the services of an industrial deafness solicitor. Alternatively, please complete an online enquiry form, and a member of our team will respond at a time that is convenient to you.