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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in Great Britain

An estimated 20,000 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 (three year average period 2013/14-2015/16), equating to a rate of  62 cases per 100,000 workers.

The Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme (IIDB) had 100 new claims in 2015, compared to 130 and 120 in 2014 and 2013 respectively.

The number of claims has declined over the past decade. Of the 1630 new claims in the last 10 years, only 10 were female claimants.

Figure 1 - Cases of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in Great Britain (IIDB) 2006-2015

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 2016-10-14