Hearing loss caused by BT tone sets

If you have ever worked for British Telecom and used amplifiers and oscillators during your employment, the chances are that you could have damaged your hearing. BT engineers and technicians are amongst the people who may have been affected by prolonged use of the tone sets, which are used to detect line faults.

BT accept negligence

It is believed that there are around a million people in the UK whose job exposes them to excessive sound levels. BT engineers using the oscillators and amplifiers have often been subjected to loud signals through their headphones, which can cause discomfort and lead to long lasting hearing difficulties.

After many years, BT has acknowledged their negligence in the problems caused by the tone set equipment, meaning that affected employees or former employees may be eligible to compensation. If you believe that your experience with BT has had a negative effect on your hearing ability, you may be able to make a claim.

Signs of deafness

Some of the common signs of deafness that can result from prolonged exposure to loud noises in the workplace include:

  • Having to turn the volume up high on the television or radio.
  • Being unable to hear the phone or doorbell ring.
  • A persistent buzzing in the ears, a condition known as tinnitus.
  • Being unable to hear what people are saying, or asking them to repeat themselves often.

If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, and have previously worked with BT's tone set oscillators and amplifiers, you could be due compensation for the damage caused to your hearing.

Contact Nigel Askew

To find out whether you have a valid claim to make against BT, contact me by telephone on 01507 609027, or get in touch via the contact form on my website to set up a consultation. There is no obligation or hidden charges, and cases are made on a no-win, no-fee basis.

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