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When you go through your daily activities, you might not realize how important your hearing is. You use your hearing to identify environmental sounds, to recognize the source of noises, and, perhaps most meaningfully, to understand and carry on a spoken conversation. 

When you lose your hearing in a work accident or due to working conditions, it can impact your life in profound ways. If your hearing loss happened while working as a U.S. defense contractor or civilian overseas, you should discuss the matter with a Defense Base Act attorney for hearing loss injuries right away. 

Causes of Hearing Loss

There are two main work-related causes of hearing loss:

  • An acute incident that damages the ear, such as being very near an explosion
  • Regular exposure to overly loud noises without the proper ear protection

In either situation, your hearing loss can be serious and can change your life in many ways. Hearing loss can make everyday tasks more difficult, as well as affect your employability, especially in your current profession. 

Effects of Hearing Loss on Employment

We use our hearing to navigate the world in more ways than you likely realize. Hearing loss can make certain activities or situations difficult, as someone might struggle when there is background noise, poor acoustics, noises from several different sources, and other complicating factors. Given that many worksites are loud with many things happening at once, it can be difficult for someone with hearing loss to be sufficiently aware of their surroundings and able to communicate to uphold safety. 

If you lose earnings due to your job-related hearing loss or it prevents you from working, you deserve Defense Base Act benefits to cover your lost wages. 

Medical Treatment

The medical treatment you might need for your hearing loss will depend on the severity and specific type of injury. Some treatments might include:

The costs of your diagnosis and treatment can add up quickly, and your Defense Base Act benefits should cover every penny. 

Hearing loss does not cause inherent personality changes, though it can result in complex mental and emotional effects. Many people with hearing loss as an adult experience depression, anxiety, or other psychological distress. It can cause someone to feel isolated and withdrawn, often requiring mental health treatment in addition to other types of treatment. 

Speak with a Defense Base Act Attorney for Hearing Loss Injuries Today

Hearing loss can be costly in different ways. You can face medical bills, lost income, and an altered future. If you lost your hearing due to your overseas work on a military base or another defense contract, you deserve full Defense Base Act benefits for your qualified losses. 

At Mara Law Firm, our legal team handles DBA claims for injured workers, and we know how to protect your rights. If you have an injury and need to file or appeal a claim, call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. 

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