Hearing loss is a preventable injury that has been called a “silent epidemic” within the Armed Forces. In recent years, the number of service members suffering from hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) has increased dramatically.
The biggest challenge in dealing with this issue is that many service members don’t realize they have a problem until it’s too late. By then, the damage has already been done and the hearing loss is irreversible.
What Are The Symptoms of Hearing Loss?
In its early stages, hearing loss can be difficult to detect. If you or someone you know is experiencing hearing loss, there are a few key indicators you can look for. Among them are:
– Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds.
– Trouble understanding speech, especially in noisy environments.
– The need to turn up the volume on the television even when people tell you it’s loud enough.
– Ringing in the ears.
– Avoidance of social situations.
You should see a doctor or contact us for a free specialist hearing test if you experience any of these symptoms. Hearing loss can only be accurately diagnosed by a qualified medical professional.
What Are The Effects of Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is a condition that can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life. It can lead to social isolation, depression, and even cognitive decline. Additionally, hearing loss can reduce an individual’s ability to hear warnings and alarms.
If you or someone you know is dealing with hearing loss, it’s important to be aware of the potential effects. By understanding the potential risks, you can take steps to protect yourself or your loved one. And if you’re struggling with hearing loss, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional. There are many resources available to help you manage your hearing loss and improve your quality of life.
Why Is Hearing Loss So Prevalent In The Armed Forces?
There are a number of factors that contribute to the rising problem of hearing loss in the armed forces. One of the most significant is the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which have become increasingly common in recent years. The explosion of an IED can damage the eardrums, leading to hearing loss.
Also contributing to the problem is the increased use of firearms. A gun can generate noise up to 140 decibels, which is loud enough to permanently damage the ears.
The rising problem of hearing loss in the armed forces is a silent epidemic that is affecting more and more service members every day. If you or someone you know is suffering from hearing loss, there are a number of options available to get you the help and compensation you deserve. With proper diagnosis and treatment, hearing loss can be managed and its effects minimized.
How To Claim Compensation For Hearing Loss Caused By Your Time In The Armed Forces:
If you believe you have suffered from hearing loss as a result of your time in the Armed Forces, you may be entitled to compensation if you left after 17th May 1987. The amount of compensation you can receive will depend on the severity of your hearing loss and the impact it has had on your life.
To understand why you may not be eligible to claim if you left before May 1987, you can find out more info, here: Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Act 1987
To make a claim for compensation, you can contact us today by using the form below or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We work with an expert panel of solicitors who specialise in cases involving hearing loss due to the Armed Forces. They will be able to assess your case and advise you on the best course of action. If you have a valid claim, they will be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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