Whether you work in a noisy shop or in construction, your ears are subject to damage that could lead to hearing loss. Helmets and safety goggles worn for protection are a must, but are you protecting your ears?
Here are a few facts to consider from Safe Work Australia:
Occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL) is a significant health and economic problem in Australia. Between July 2002 and June 2007 there were about 16,500 successful workers’ compensation claims for industrial deafness involving permanent impairment due to noise. The economic burden of ONIHL is borne by workers and their families, business owners and managers, and the wider society.
Unfortunately, hearing loss caused from a job is possibly permanent and affects so many. Odds are, this includes you or someone you know. Prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to taking care of yourself, including your hearing. Over time, if measures aren’t taken to avoid damage, hearing loss can interfere with the ability to do ones job safely and can adversely affect meaningful relationships. So what can you do?
Here are a few tips on how to protect yourself:
- Avoid the source of the noise if possible
- Use machinery that’s been made to run more quietly
- Use earplugs or earmuffs at all times when operating around loud noise
- Monitor your hearing with annual check-ups
Be aware of these warning signs:
- You hear a buzzing or ringing in your ears after being around loud noise
- You have difficulty understanding what others are saying after exposure to loud noise
- You have a feeling of fullness in your ears after being subject to loud noise
Remember, your job exists to serve as a rewarding experience, not one that costs you something so vital to your well-being as your hearing. Take steps to protect yourself and be mindful of the warning signs.
If you have questions or concerns about occupational hearing loss and would like more information, please contact us.