Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Noise Induced Hearing Loss can affect many areas of your life. Without a thorough understanding of your ears, and the delicate nature of them, it is easy for you to take your hearing for granted and fail to ensure they receive proper protection.

A terrible symptom of Noise Induced Hearing Loss is you may not even notice you are suffering from it, as it is often a gradual process. For example you could be finding it difficult to hear conversations with friends and family or others may complain that you have your TV on too loud. In many cases people do not realise that they have a hearing defect, however a simple hearing assessment can determine a patient’s hearing health. National statistics show that half of over 60 year olds are suffering from some form of deafness, some as a result of having worked in industries such as engineering, construction, printing and agriculture.

The most common causes of workplace hearing loss include:

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

This is a severe deterioration of a person’s hearing due to excessive and long-term exposure to loud noise in a work environment. Specifically, the constant bombardment of noise damages and essentially kills off the tiny hairs that help us hear in the first place. These hairs are not reproduced and so the level of hearing is constantly decreasing. Noise Induced Hearing Loss tends to come in two forms:

Gradual Hearing Loss

This can occur over many years and the most common cause is consistent noise in the workplace. So if your job involves using loud equipment such as machinery, amps, speakers and presses, or tools such as jackhammers, drills or chainsaws, it is worth having a hearing assessment to see if this is happening to you.