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How can you get hearing loss in the workplace?

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Workplace Accidents |

Workplaces often have many employees rushing around. Amidst the whirring machines and constant chatter, a person’s hearing may face risks that go unnoticed.

Hearing loss due to workplace conditions is a serious concern that can affect anyone.

Little to no hearing protection

Employers need to provide hearing protection in noisy environments. However, sometimes they may not have these items or fail to explain certain important details about how to use them. In such cases, employees remain vulnerable to the damaging effects of loud noises.

Repeated exposure over time

Machinery, equipment and tools used in various industries produce noise levels exceeding safe limits. Hearing loss in the workplace often occurs a little at a time, making it easy to overlook until it becomes severe. Exposure to such noise over a long period of time, such as months or years, can damage the delicate structures in a person’s ears.

Chemical dangers and vibrations

While noise is a big contributor, other workplace hazards can also harm hearing. Chemicals and solvents used in industrial settings may lead to injuries that cause hearing problems.

Additionally, jobs like construction or mining involve tasks that generate vibrations. This movement can further exacerbate hearing loss.

Lack of safety measures

In some cases, hearing loss in the workplace results from poor safety measures. Employers may overlook the need for noise control measures or fail to conduct regular tests of hazards. Such oversight can hurt the auditory well-being of workers.

By understanding the causes, employers can strive to preserve auditory health in the workplace. Anyone facing hearing loss because of their job may want to seek fair compensation.