Are you at risk?
Did you know that exposure to loud noise is one of the key risk factors for hearing loss? Noise induced hearing loss is one of the most common types of hearing loss, but fortunately it is also completely preventable.
You can reduce your risk simply by limiting and managing your exposure to hazardous noise in your leisure, work or home environments. Keep in mind you should take special precautions if you are a:
- musician or bartender who works for long periods in noisy environments
- farmer who is regularly surrounded by machinery noise
- factory, mining or construction worker who is exposed to high levels of industrial noise
- regularly exposed to high levels of noise while in nightclubs or pubs, at music concerts, or listening to personal stereos.
In the United Kingdom, most noisy work environments are well regulated and loud noise is kept to a minimum or the wearing of hearing protection is compulsory. Despite this, The World Health Organisation says that noise exposure is the second most common job-related illness/injury1. You can protect yourself from damaging workplace noise, by wearing ear plugs and speaking to your occupational health and safety officer or manager about making your workplace quieter.
If you work in a less regulated environment such as a nightclub, live music venue or on the farm, or are exposed to hazardous levels of noise in your leisure time, it’s your responsibility to protect your own hearing. Follow the prevention motto solution – Cover your ears, Avoid the noise or Turn it down. Use correctly-fitting ear plugs, limit the time you spend in very noisy places, and take advantage of electronic hearing protection devices and smartphone apps designed to help you monitor and manage your noise exposure.
The information on this website is for educational purposes, and is not intended to replace medical advice. Please consult a hearing healthcare professional to diagnose or treat a hearing or health problem.