Ex-engineer, 76, speaks out after being hit by tinnitus

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A former Sheffield BT engineer who suffers noise-induced deafness and tinnitus after working with faulty equipment has spoken out to help keep workers safe.

Graham Guest, aged 76, received £7,500 from former employer BT to cover the cost of equipment which helps him deal with his illness after he worked for years with faulty equipment.

The ‘green set’ and ‘yellow set’ oscillators were withdrawn by BT but there are fears other communications industry businesses may still be using them.

Graham, of William Crescent, Mosborough, speaking to mark Tinnitus Awareness Week, said: “Having the buzzing in my ears is extremely distracting and frustrating. I hope my case encourages other employers to do all they can to keep workers safe.”