Acoustic trauma at work; is your boss listening?

Right now there are one million people in the UK at risk of developing deafness as a result of exposure to loud noises in the work place, and over six million suffering from tinnitus – hearing an internal high-pitched sound.

If your job consistently exposes you to noise levels of 80dB or more, then you are among them.

This infographic, put together by Johnson Law Solicitors, helps put this figure into context and outlines the dangers of excessive noise in the workplace.

Johnson Law Solicitors – industrial deafness and tinnitus

Examples given include widely-used tools such hand drills, which measure 98dB, and chainsaws, which are 115dB.

However acoustic trauma is not just associated with the construction industry. Call centres, night clubs, bars and factories are among the loudest places to work, and employers have a duty to protect employees in these environments.

If you’re one of the many people who already suffer from tinnitus, listening to relaxing sounds is often a helpful distraction, and cognitive behavioural therapy can help manage symptoms.

If you feel you’re at risk of deafness or tinnitus at work, there are preventative steps you can take.

Ensure you wear appropriate ear protection. Even wearing earplugs can reduce noise levels by up to 35dB. It’s also important to give your ears time to recover. This means 16 hours of quiet if you’re exposed to 100dB of noise.

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