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August 10, 2022  |  News Category: Hospital News


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Did you know that within every industry sector, there are workers at risk for work-related hearing loss?

Occupational noise hazards are among the most common work-related illnesses in the United States.  Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition after high blood pressure and arthritis.


Why is prevention important?

  • Almost all work-related hearing loss is permanent, and it can have a profound impact on quality of life.
  • As hearing loss worsens, hearing and understanding others becomes increasingly difficult, which can lead to isolation.
  • Hearing loss is associated with mental decline & heart problems, such as high blood pressure & heart disease.
  • Hearing loss is strongly associated with depression.
  • Hearing loss can lead to loss of enjoyment, when all the sounds we want to hear (e.g., music, voice of loved ones) become muted and lack quality.
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus), which often occurs along with hearing loss, can disrupt sleep and concentration and is associated with both depression and anxiety.
  • Hearing loss can impact safety at home and on the job.
  • Income is typically lower among workers with hearing loss compared to workers with normal hearing.

The good news is that work-related hearing loss can almost always be prevented with today’s hearing loss prevention strategies and technologies. 


What can workers do to prevent work-related hearing loss?

Determine if the noise in your workspace is hazardous

  • If you must raise your voice to speak with someone at arm’s length, then the noise is likely at a hazardous level
  • Ask your safety manager or direct supervisor to check the noise levels in your workplace, making sure they are below 85dBA

Reduce your noise exposure:

  • Take a break from the noisy activity
  • Reduce noise at the source of the noise. Use quieter equipment and keep equipment well maintained and lubricated
  • Enclose the source of the noise or place a barrier between you and the source
  • Increase the distance between you and the source of the noise
  • Reduce your time in noisy areas
  • Always wear hearing protection in noisy areas, and if using foam plugs, insert them correctly
  • If you are listening to music or something else, keep the volume at a safe level and only listen in areas that are not noisy

Reduce or stop exposure to chemicals that may damage your hearing:

  • Use a less-toxic or non-toxic chemical
  • Wear gloves, long sleeves and eye protection
  • Wear a respirator or other protective equipment, as appropriate
  • Read and follow all chemical safety instructions


To schedule an appointment in Occupational Health, Call us today at 910-291-7680