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Safety Nugget Week of January 18 - Hearing Safety Tips< Back to Blog

Jan 22, 2016
By: T. Cai
Categories: Safety
Hearing Loss Affects not just the Professional Life of a Person, but Home and Social life too
 
Per OSHA, every year, about 30 million people in the United States are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise.  Noise-related hearing loss is one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns.
 
Thousands of workers every year suffer from preventable hearing loss due to high workplace noise levels. 
 
Exposure to high levels of noise can:
o   cause permanent hearing loss. Neither surgery nor a hearing aid can help correct this type of hearing loss,
o   create physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity, interfere with communication and concentration,
o   contribute to workplace accidents and injuries by making it difficult to hear warning signals. 
 
The effects of hearing loss can be profound, as hearing loss can interfere with your ability to enjoy socializing with friends, playing with your children or grandchildren, or participating in other activities you enjoy, and can lead to psychological and social isolation.   
Hearing loss is not only work related. It can also occur at home, at a rock concert, and at a sporting event, or even listening to your favorite music etc.  
 
Hearing Protection Tips 
 
By following these smart noise protection tips from hearing specialists, you can help prevent hearing loss and be happier and healthier in all areas of your life.
 
Take everyday noise protection care – Wearing high-quality industrial earplugs or ear muffs.
 
Avoid loud environments –While you may not able to do this, protecting your ears and avoiding intense volumes will help in noise protection.
 
Wear noise-cancelling headphones – Many people put on smartphones and other music devices to drown out the sound of background noise.  Instead of cranking up your favorite tunes to dangerous levels, wear noise-cancelling earplugs. This reduces the overall noise pollution without exposing your ears to additional strain.
 
Keep your blood sugar in check –Get your blood sugar levels checked regularly to address any imbalances as it can be very damaging for your ears. 
 
Never stick anything inside your ear canal – It’s important to choose a safe noise protection device that doesn’t go too far into your ear canal. Similarly, you don’t want to be sticking anything in your ears to remove earwax, such as cotton swabs and other stick-like devices. 
 
More information can be found from OSHA site:

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