Your office might be quiet, but more than 22 million workers are exposed to noise levels every year that can damage their hearing or cause permanent hearing loss. They might be construction workers, machinists, or on the factory line. They might also be musicians or pilots, or from any number of professions.
Damage occurs when loud noise damages the sensitive nerve endings in the ear. Repeated exposure deadens more nerves, causing greater loss. These nerves do not regenerate so hearing loss is permanent and cannot be corrected by surgery or medicine. Shorter term exposure can cause tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears. Tinnitus might be temporary or may become a permanent, debilitating condition. Continue reading “Let’s Hear it for Keeping Workers’ Hearing Safe”