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How can hearing loss happen at work?

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Industrial workplaces can be bustling hubs of productivity, but they also come with problems. From heavy machinery to power tools, constant clamor can exceed safe levels, putting workers at risk.

The loud and often chaotic environment of factories and construction sites poses significant threats to workers’ auditory health and may lead to a need for workers’ compensation.

Noise-induced injury incidents

One of the primary consequences of industrial accidents is noise-induced hearing loss. When exposed to excessive noise levels, the delicate structures of the inner ear can sustain permanent damage.

Hearing loss may show up gradually over time or occur suddenly following a traumatic event. This event could be an explosion or machinery malfunction. Either way, noise levels that escalate rapidly can cause hearing loss.

Lack of protective measures

Preventing hearing loss in industrial settings requires a proactive approach to safety. Employers must prioritize the implementation of noise control measures, such as engineering controls and personal protective equipment. They should provide workers with hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs, in noisy environments.

Failure to offer early detection

Prompt detection of hearing loss is important for minimizing its impact on an individual’s quality of life. Regular hearing screenings can help workers exposed to high noise levels, allowing for early intervention and management of any hearing impairments. By identifying hearing loss early, individuals can access resources and prevent further deterioration.

Industrial accidents are not just a danger to a worker’s limbs or head, but also their hearing. Workers’ compensation can help financially assist workers who face this particular injury.