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How can hearing loss happen in the workplace?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Hearing loss is a common workplace concern. In fact, it affects many individuals across various industries.

Understanding how hearing loss occurs in work environments is important for promoting safety.

Continual exposure to loud noise

One of the causes of hearing loss in the workplace is exposure to loud noise. Industries such as construction, manufacturing and entertainment often involve busy machinery and equipment.

These machines produce high levels of noise. Exposure to these loud sounds over a long period of time can damage the delicate structures in the inner ear, leading to permanent hearing loss.

Lack of hearing protection

In some workplaces, employees may not have access to hearing protection. This could be due to a lack of awareness about the risks of noise-induced hearing loss or poor safety protocols. Without proper ear protection, workers are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of loud noise on their hearing and overall health.

Chemical use

Certain chemicals used in various industries can also contribute to hearing loss. Exposure to ototoxic chemicals, substances that can damage the auditory system, can lead to irreversible hearing damage. Employees working with solvents, heavy metals or pesticides should be aware of the potential risks. Those in charge should also take the right precautions to protect their employees’ hearing and safety.

Hearing loss can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life and productivity. Injured workers may want to seek fair compensation. Contact YOUR Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free, no obligation consultation to learn how we can help you. Call 610-892-9300 or reach us online.