Occupational hearing loss: are you at risk?

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2023 | Workers' Compensation, Workplace Injuries

If you work in a noisy environment in New York, you may be at risk of developing occupational hearing loss. This condition is caused by exposure to loud noises in the workplace, which can damage your hearing over time.

Can lead to permanent hearing loss

Occupational hearing loss is a serious concern for many workers, as it can lead to permanent hearing damage and even deafness. Take steps to protect your hearing and reduce your risk of developing this condition. If you’ve experienced a loss of hearing, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

There are several ways to protect your hearing on the job. One effective method is to wear hearing protection. This protection can include things such as earplugs or earmuffs. These devices can help to reduce the amount of noise that reaches your ears, which can help to prevent hearing damage.

Know the decibel level of your work environment

It’s also important to monitor noise levels in your workplace and to take steps to reduce your exposure to loud noises. This can include using sound barriers or insulation to reduce the noise in your work area, or simply moving away from loud machinery or equipment.

Ringing ears

Suppose you experience hearing loss symptoms, such as ringing in the ears or difficulty understanding speech. In that case, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. A hearing specialist can perform tests to determine the extent of your hearing loss and recommend treatment options, such as hearing aids or cochlear implants.

In addition to these preventative measures, employers need to take do everything in their power to protect their workers from occupational hearing loss. This can include providing hearing protection, monitoring noise levels in the workplace and implementing engineering controls for reducing the amount of noise in the work environment.

Protecting your hearing

As an employee, it’s important to know your rights and to speak up if you feel that your employer is not taking action to protect you from occupational hearing loss. With a proactive approach and a commitment to protecting your hearing, you can enjoy a safer, healthier work environment and a brighter future.