Symptoms of Industrial Deafness

What is industrial deafness?

Industrial deafness is one of the most common forms of hearing loss. A recent US study revealed that up to 3 out of 4 factory and construction workers suffer noise induced hearing loss (Industrial deafness). The degree of hearing loss will depend on the level of noise and the duration of exposure to the noise. Loud noise at work does not produce pain in your ears and therefore people assume there is no damage if there is no pain and this is simply not true. People exposed to over 85 decibels of sound on a regular basis can have permanent damage, irrespective of their age. Noise related hearing loss (industrial deafness) is a sensorineural hearing loss which affects the hair cells of the cochlear. No medical procedure can rectify this problem and therefore the damage is permanent and irreversible.

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Therefore, if you are surrounded by noise in your workplace it is important to have your hearing regularly monitored and to ensure you conserve the hearing you do have with the right forms of hearing protection.

Do I have industrial deafness?

Try this simple checklist;

  • Have you worked in a noisy environment?
  • Did you notice a reduction in your hearing for a few hours at the end of a noisy work day?
  • Do you suffer an annoying ringing sensation or noise in your ears (tinnitus)?
  • Do you often miss conversation amongst background noise?
  • Does background noise bother you when you are with other people?
  • Do you become confused where sounds derive from?
  • Do people seem like they mumble or speak in a softer voice?
  • Do you have difficulty hearing speech coming from the television or radio and require the volume to be turned up above a normal listening level?
  • Do you have difficulty understanding speech through the telephone clearly?
  • Do you often miss the telephone or doorbell ringing?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you should register now for your FREE Industrial Deafness Assessment.

Common Industries which can cause Industrial Deafness

People who suffer Industrial Deafness often have worked in one or more of the following occupations

  • form work and construction,
  • electrical and plumbing
  • mining and engineering
  • factories and processing industry
  • agriculture and farm operators
  • council workers
  • railways and transport workers
  • heavy machinery operators
  • manufacturing,
  • airline industry

If you have worked in one of the above industries, you should register now for your FREE Industrial Deafness Assessment.