Posted June 6, 2014
Can noise at work damage your hearing?
Absolutely, reports the United States Department of Labor. Over 30 million Americans are exposed to hazardous occupational noises every year. This emphasizes the importance of protecting your hearing while at work.
Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss. In fact, noise-related hearing loss has been considered one of the most widespread occupational health concerns for over 25 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 125,000 workers have suffered serious,permanent hearing loss , in the past decade. Unfortunately, this type of hearing loss cannot be corrected with surgery or a hearing aid.
If you are exposed to loud noises for a short period of time, you may experience a temporary change in your hearing, such as ringing sounds or feeling as though your ears are stuffed. While these problems may go away, continuous exposure to loud noises can result in permanent hearing loss.
Noise-induced hearing loss can create other problems, such as:
- Limit the ability to hear high-frequency sounds and communicate with others
- Hinder enjoyment with family and friends
- Increase feelings of psychological or sociological isolation
- Reduce work productivity
- Contribute to more on-the-job accidents and injuries
Signs of a noisy workplace
The noise at your workplace may be harmful to your hearing if:
- When you leave work, you experience any ringing, humming or temporary hearing loss
- Coworkers standing close by have to shout in order for you to hear them