Thinking about hearing loss from industrial work usually isn’t the first priority for most people. You’re probably more concerned with getting your job done or basic safety policies. But bodily harm isn’t the only cause for concern in the workplace: industrial machinery can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Being aware of your surrounding conditions, and what kind of noise levels you’re experiencing, is the only way to protect yourself.
Ask a Superior!
Check with a superior to be sure that you shouldn’t be wearing any kind of additional ear protection. As we’ve mentioned before, any noise that rates over 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. If your workplace has machinery operating at over 85 decibels, you may be experiencing hearing loss without even realizing it. A jackhammer, for example, operates at 120 dB. Be sure to wear proper protection at all times to keep your hearing from being damaged.
A lot of industries use equipment that could cause hearing loss. This includes the construction, farming, and military industries. There are laws to regulate the maximum noise exposure that a job can have, but it’s still a good idea to be aware of what noise you’re being exposed to. Even a large truck, if you’re close enough, can cause hearing damage. Over time and with regular exposure, it may impact your hearing in noticeable and permanent ways.
Worried Your Ears Are Damaged?
Unfortunately, despite all of the regulations in place, some people still experience hearing damage from their workplace. If this is the case, professional treatment is necessary. Make an appointment to have your ears checked for hearing loss as soon as possible. In the meantime, inform your employers and take any extra precautions you can to protect your ears.
Bay Area Audiology can help your hearing recover from industrial noise damage!
If you are concerned about hearing loss or seeking hearing evaluations, tinnitus evaluations, or hearing aid assistance, our doctors are ready to help. We are passionate about helping all of our patients improve their quality of life through better hearing. We also believe that patient education is critical, so you won’t be lead through endless sales pitches at our office. If you are interested in hearing how we can help you hear even better, contact us at (410) 838-4327 or online. For more hearing tips and articles, follow Bay Area Audiology on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
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