Rock band AC/DC have been forced to postpone their tour following a doctor’s warning of frontman, Brian Johnson risking hearing loss – something that affects many people in the workplace.
On 7 March 2016 a statement on the band’s website was posted, stating: “AC/DC are forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the U.S. leg of their ‘Rock or Bust’ World Tour. AC/DC’s lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.”
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is caused by prolonged exposure to loud noise and is common in many workplaces.
Under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations, 2005, employers are required to take action if noise exposure reaches 80 decibels. An AC/DC concert is likely to be around 115dB – slightly less than an aeroplane taking off. Construction work involving drills and loud machinery can be over 100dB and therefore requires protective clothing to avoid NIHL. If your employer neglects their responsibility for this they could face an industrial deafness claim.
The Risks and Signs of Hearing Loss
According to the Health and Safety Executive, if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions about noise where you work, you may be at risk:
- Is the noise intrusive for most of the day?
- Is it loud enough that you need to raise your voice to speak when about 2m apart from a person?
- Do you use noisy powered tools or machinery for over half an hour a day?
- Do you work in a noisy industry, e.g. construction, demolition or road repair; woodworking; plastics processing; engineering; textile manufacture; general fabrication; forging, pressing or stamping; paper or board making; canning or bottling; foundries?
- Do you have muffled hearing or ringing in your ears at the end of the working day?
NIHL can affect you at any age. If you suspect that you may be suffering the early signs of hearing loss, consider the following:
- Neighbours and people you live with complain about your television or music being too loud.
- You have trouble on the phone.
- You struggle to follow conversations particularly in the presence of background noise.
- You hear a ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in your ears.
If your hearing has been damaged by exposure to excessive noise at work, call our personal injury solicitors for a free consultation on freephone 0800 916 9046 or start a hearing loss claim online.