Your job is influenced by your health, whether you get enough sleep, or what healthy foods you consume for better brain function. What we may not realise is that it can also include your hearing health.
Hearing loss experienced at work is called occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL). It’s slowly becoming a problem in Australia’s society – this will affect not only the employee, but also their friends, family, colleagues and employers, whether or not they claim compensation for ONIHL.
How can hearing loss impact your work?
In any environment, changes in your hearing can lead to feelings of frustration and annoyance, especially when communication or partaking in conversations. In the workplace, where communication is key, it can make your job more difficult.
On top of that, the government’s Department of Health explains that exposure to excessive workplace noises can cause irritation and fatigue, and could even possibly lead to more serious health conditions such as high blood pressure1. This can all attribute to higher levels of stress, which can have a detrimental effect on our health.
How can you avoid or deal with hearing loss in a noisy workplace?
It helps if you have the appropriate safety measures in place to deal with excessive noise, such as noise-cancelling ear muffs or ear plugs.
However, sometimes, it may be difficult to avoid, and so preventative actions need to be taken. This can be either changing your work habits and even physically removing yourself from the boundaries of loud sounds if possible, or limit the use of devices such as noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds.
If you’ve already experienced ONIHL, using the correct hearing solutions can prevent your hearing loss from causing undue stress.
We also highly advise that you come into your local hearing clinic for a regular check, so take the first step by clicking here. You can also call us on 1300 674 934 for more information.
1Department of Health, Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Australia. Accessed May, 2016.