It may seem obvious, but it bears repeating: loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss. And once hearing is gone, you can’t get it back.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) wants to remind people during October – National Protect Your Hearing Month – that noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) can be prevented. According to NIOSH, about 70% of people who are exposed to loud noise never or seldom wear hearing protection.
Most employers are aware that occupational noise has the potential to cause permanent hearing loss in exposed workers. Less well known, and less studied, is the link between occupational noise exposure and tinnitus.
Viruses and blood flow issues can, in rare cases, trigger sudden and profound hearing loss. Research supports the use of hyperbaric oxygen treatments to restore hearing in some patients.
A review of the collected evidence suggests that -- added to standard drug therapy -- hyperbaric oxygen treatment "is the most beneficial treatment option" for what doctors call "sudden sensorineural hearing loss," according to a specialist in hyperbaric medicine at the National Maritime Medical Center in Seoul.
About 66,000 Americans are surprised each year by a diagnosis of sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or sudden deafness. A new study, published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, suggests it isn’t as rare as some think — occurring in up to 20 per 100,000 people.
At Custom Protect Ear, Hearing Protection and Hearing Loss Prevention is our business and it is also the corporate mission and values. This year we wanted to educate and inform the industrial and hearing world about the importance of hearing loss prevention. The hearing sensation is one of the 5 senses that we do not think much about until it is gone, so help us in preventing hearing loss.
Casella joins the global community of occupational hygienists at the 11th International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) International Scientific Conference on September 24–26 in Washington, D.C. As a global leader in air sampling, noise and vibration monitoring solutions, Casella will demonstrate its latest air monitoring, calibration and noise dosimetry technology that helps occupational hygiene professionals with “bringing better health to workers worldwide,” the theme of this year’s conference.
Noise monitoring experts Cirrus Research have launched a free Noise at Work assessment to help companies provide a risk-free environment to protect their workers' hearing.
The first of its kind, the comprehensive assessment is available UK-wide and follows a four-stage process that enables companies to identify, target and eliminate noise risks in the workplace.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the most common permanent and preventable occupational injury impacting workers today. And unlike most injuries it is painless, progressive, permanent and preventable.