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“Exposure to Loud Noise and Risk of Acoustic Neuroma”
Acoustic neuroma (AN) is a slow growing benign tumour of the sheath of the eighth cranial nerve (hearing and balance), in close proximity to the brain.
Exposure to loud noise at work is still commonplace. AN is indivisible, but rare.
Insurers could estimate the number of cases attributable to loud noise at work and could judge for themselves how good any claim is likely to be. Potentially problematic for claimants is that hearing surveillance could be the main reason that AN is associated with noise exposure: accelerated diagnosis.