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How Employees Can Protect Their Hearing at Work
Working in a noisy environment can be detrimental to your hearing health. You can sometimes come home with ringing in the ears and need to turn the TV up to a volume you’ve never hit before. Sometimes these effects can last for a long time, and you can start to have difficulty in your day-to-day life due to hearing loss.
However, these changes are not irreversible. In fact, there are many ways you can keep your ears and your hearing safe when you’re at work; check out an audiologist’s advice below on protecting your hearing whenever the noise level at work becomes “too loud”.
Use Hearing Protectors
Hearing protectors of any kind are always the best line of defense against loud noises and other hearing obstructors. Whether using headphones at a desk or wearing proper industrial hearing protectors on a work site, a person can prime their ears to be around loud noises for upwards of eight hours at a time.
Be sure to always check the legal requirements around hearing protection when you’re at work. Most construction sites or civic level jobs will require for employees to have hearing protectors handed out to them at the start of every workday. If your employer does not fulfil this, they could be breaking the law.
It’s also best to use in-ear noise cancelling headphones if your work environment doesn’t call for hearing protectors to be handed out. These can make background noise a thing of the past for the person wearing them. All workplaces should allow their employees to wear them, especially if your office or co-working space is in the inner city or near civic worksites.
Similarly, be sure to regularly take breaks from wearing your headphones if you’re playing music at the same time. Noise cancelling headphones can often play music at more amplified levels than standard in-ear headphones, which can further cause hearing issues in the long run.
Stay in Low Noise Areas
If you’re able to, stay in low noise areas as much as possible when you’re at work. This enables you to take a break from the sounds of the workplace, even if you’re just in the break room for a few extra minutes every day or you just take a quick walk down the block. Being able to remove yourself from a noisy situation will go a long way to protecting your ears.
However, if the need to walk away from a noisy area becomes a daily situation, be sure to talk to your boss. It’s their responsibility to keep noise levels to a minimum during an active working day and needing to walk away to keep your hearing safe could count as an interruption to the working day in the long run.
Regularly Visit an Audiologist
Outside of your work obligations, it’s best to keep up with regular visits to an audiologist. Talking to a hearing expert about your noise worries can help them to address your hearing protection needs on a much deeper level.
For healthy and young adults under the age of 60, getting your hearing tested about once a decade is best practice. However, if you work in an industry that can involve hearing risks, it’s best to visit your audiologist’s office every three to four years. It’s best to track hearing changes at a closer level when you could be actively living with hearing loss; waiting for symptoms to appear can often mean your hearing level has changed at a greater rate than you expected.
How Pacific Audiology Clinic Can Help
If you work in a noisy industry such as construction, or in an office that’s near a local work zone, there’s a chance your hearing is at risk from your daily activities. Of course, there’s not a lot you can do about the nature of your work, but there are many ways to protect your hearing while you’re on the clock. Here at Pacific Audiology Clinic, our experienced audiologists would be happy to talk through all your hearing protection options with you.
And if that sounds like a proper solution to your hearing worries, be sure to get in touch and call us today at 503-719-4208. If you need more information, you can also check out our website to find out more about the work our audiologists can do. The more we stop hearing loss in its tracks at an early stage, the longer your high-quality level of hearing will last.