It seems that the compensation culture is getting out of hand, now banks are facing massive payouts to deaf customers, who say that they are being humiliated and inconvenienced by a system that ignores their needs. Whilst most people would have a little sympathy with people who have medical problems through things that may not have been their fault, businesses can't always meet the needs of a minority of people even if it is a growing minority. In Britain there are an estimated 10 million people who suffer from some form of hearing loss, and there are estimated to be 80,000 who are profoundly deaf. Many of these 800,000 may be with older people who worked in the cotton mills or heavy engineering plants in the 1940's to 1970's when hearing protection was not available or compulsory as it is today under various government legislation. Health and Safety at work acts etc. yet today there is an increasing number of young people who may be suffer hearing loss and don't know it yet. Why? because basically they are young and foolish. Hearing is one of the five senses that can't be repaired but more importantly when its detected its to late, the damage has been done and it will only get progressively worse over the increasing years. Eyesight can be corrected with glasses, or in severe cases laser treatment. Deafness cant be corrected, you can have hearing aids to improve the sound levels but deafness can't be repaired. So if we are paying compensation because some people might have in their opinion being slighted, then I am sorry for them. Yet will we continue to have to pay out to these people who are deliberately damaging their hearing not through workplace noise but through discos and Ipods, MP3 players and such devices that they now put in their ears and play well above the legal decibel levels. Decibel levels that are enforced in the work place but it would seem not enforceable on the discos or more importantly on the idiot individual who will do as they please, till the damage is done then complain that they want compensation of something they may have inflicted on themselves in their youth when they have been told about the damage caused by sustained loud noise.