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Hearing conservation

According to NIOSH (National Institute of Safety and Health) estimates that there are between 5 and 30 million workers in the U.S. who are exposed to noise levels at work that put them at risk of hearing loss. This risk can be significantly reduced by learning what factors contribute to hearing loss and what methods can be used to control workers’ exposure. The causes of hearing loss include age, exposure to loud noise over time and exposure to very loud noise for short periods of time.

How noise damages our hearing:
The inner ear has nerve cells that can die due to acute or chronic exposure to loud noise. These cells will NOT regrow once they are gone.

Hearing loss affects our livelihood:
• It can be difficult to hold conversations, including on the telephone
• Individuals can become less confident in social and work situations
• Individuals can lose enjoyment in listening to the TV, music and other forms of entertainment
• Hearing impairment is a safety hazard when driving if warning signals like car horns, or traffic noise cannot be heard

Some signs that noise levels may be more than the standard are:
• If you have to raise your voice excessively to communicate
• If you have a temporary reduction of hearing or ringing in the ears
• If others comment on the noise

Disclaimer:

This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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