There are many stresses of work that we may encounter each day – deadlines, long hours or even fellow colleagues. Something that no one wants adding to the mountain of things that may hinder our work efficiency is hearing loss.
Dealing with changes in our hearing in general can be frustrating. Doing so in a work environment can pose even more trials, depending on your type of job. That’s why it’s important to get regular hearing checks if your hearing needs help.
Are you struggling to hear at work?
Safe Work Australia explains the dangers of working in an environment where we are continually exposed to potentially damaging noise1. This could be anything from construction machinery to loud music.
If hearing loss occurs because of work-related hazards, it’s called occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL), and is a significant problem throughout the population in Australia. In the period between mid-2002 to mid-2007, there were over 16,000 cases where employees successfully obtained compensation for ONIHL1. It also highlights the economic burden that this compensation poses on society.
The government’s Department of Health explains that excessive exposure to damaging noise at work can also affect more than your hearing. Feelings of annoyance and frustration may occur among workers, or they may be more fatigued, and this can all lead to more serious health conditions such as high blood pressure2.
What can you do about it?
Of course, making sure that your work has the correct safety procedures put in place to prevent hearing loss from occurring is a great way to start. It helps to reduce your exposure, whether physically removing yourself from the loud environment, or using preventative measures such as noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds.
Also, to make sure that your hearing isn’t experiencing any changes, it helps to get regularly checked. Click here for a no cost* hearing test, or call us on 1800 646 168.
1Safe Work Australia, Occupational Noise-induced Hearing Loss in Australia. Accessed May, 2016.
2Department of Health, Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Australia. Accessed May, 2016.