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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in Great Britain

An estimated 15,000 people working  during the last year suffered from NIHL (new as well as longstanding cases) caused or made worse by work, based on data from the Labour Force Survey (averaged over 2011/12, 2013/14 and  2014/15), equating to a rate of  48 cases per 100,000 people employed in the last 12 months.

This rate is statistically significantly lower than the corresponding rate ten years earlier of 68 cases per 100,000 people, with an associated estimate of 20,000 people (averaged over 2001/02, 2003/04 and 2004/05).

The Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme (IIDB) had 130 new claims in 2014, compared to 120 and 125 in 2013 and 2012 respectively.

The number of claims has declined over the past decade. Of the 2,450 new claims in the last 12 years, only 20 were female claimants

New Cases of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in Great Britain (IIDB)

Total cases of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) assessed under Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) for GB 1995/96 - 2010/11

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Updated 2016-01-04