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Hearing Loss in the Workplace, Part II (What to do About it)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 10:37:20 AM Australia/Melbourne

Hearing Loss in the Workplace, Part II (What to do About it)You may have viewed yesterday’s post with worry or a heavy heart. You may have seen your occupation listed and though, uh oh- am I going to go deaf at any moment in time? Short answer- no. Slightly longer answer- don’t fret, the Hearlink team is dedicated to sharing the sorts of information which will ensure that no matter what environments you’re in on a daily basis, you’re equipped with the know-how to limit hearing loss, both immediately and over long periods of time. As noted yesterday, we have nothing but the highest esteem for those involved in the professions listed. Today, we discuss the measures that you can take to make sure that you can shine your brightest in the work and hold on to as much of your hearing as possible.

 

Did you know that hearing loss that is garnered in the workplace is called Occupational Hearing Loss? It’s far more common than you’d think, but that means it’s an even bigger problem. The first step is simple, and so underrated. It’s identifying the environment and situations that you’re in. Take stock in the people and noises around you. Does the volume of anything around you interfere with the work that you’re trying to do? Maybe it’s not above the 85dB level that has been decreed as industry standard for “too loud,” but it could still merit a conversation with your desk mate about the volume of his or her music. That’s one end of the spectrum. The other end of the spectrum targets those who work in some of the professions mentioned recently on the blog. Do you work in garbage disposal? Do you work in traffic control? Do you work in any profession where headphones would be acceptable? If so, then those who are wearing headphones are already one step ahead of you, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

 

Once you take stock and awareness of your surroundings, the next step is identifying the noise hazards and the amount of exposure that’s absolutely necessary for you. Many readers believe that avoiding loud noises is costly and hard to avoid. That’s not always the case. Sometimes the solution is as simple as moving away from the loud machinery or limiting your exposure to it. If this is not the case, and you’re okay with this, then it’s time to start shopping for noise cancelling headphones or other hearing aids that you’d like to explore.

 

Finally, we recommend keeping an eye on your exposure to loud volumes of noise over time. While it may not be obvious in the first couple of weeks at a new job, a year or two later, you may find that your hearing capacity has drastically reduced. By that point, you’ve missed a large window in which you could have a positive effect. So check and adjust, and make sure that you’re making the best decisions for you.

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