The good news from NIOSH is that noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. To commemorate "hearing month" in October, the agency issued information to help employers protect their workers' hearing.
"Hearing loss can result from working around noise -- even non-powered hand tools -- without wearing proper hearing protection," NIOSH states. "It is not uncommon for a 25-year-old farmer or carpenter to have the hearing of a 50-year-old."
About one-third of all people exposed to hazardous noise at work will develop noise-induced hearing loss, according to NIOSH. "It is the sum of all of your exposures to sound throughout the day and evening that add together to damage hearing when that total becomes excessive."
NIOSH has developed publications specifically targeting farm noise, although the agency says the information is relevant to other occupations. Prevention highlights include:
- Reduce equipment noise.
- Always wear hearing protection around loud noises.
- Limit exposure to loud noise.
- Have hearing tested.
Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage.
December 6, 2012
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