If I know that my workmates have claimed in the past does this stop me from claiming now?

No. Hearing damage can occur over many years and may not become noticeable immediately. Sometimes it takes a client to realise they may have hearing problems when family members and friends tell them to turn the TV down or to stop shouting in conversation.

We are all different and the onset of the symptoms can take longer for some people and others suffer the deterioration in a very short period of time.