Safety plays a key role in most workplaces. For instance, construction businesses typically take precautions to provide workers with hard hats and other safety gear. Nonetheless, there are some hazards that may be overlooked. When thinking about workplace accidents, a person’s ears may not be at the top of the list — but hearing can be fragile
The truth is that millions of workers in the U.S. are exposed to excessive noise each year. If your hearing has been damaged, what are some of the more common signs?
Struggling to understand people
The signs of hearing loss aren’t always obvious and painful. Often, it starts with having to ask people to repeat themselves when talking to you. Their speech may sound muffled and you may feel like they aren’t talking loudly enough.
You may also find that you’re having to watch the television at very high volume levels. Your family members are saying it’s too loud, but it isn’t for you.
Most of us have experienced temporary ringing in the ears when we’ve been unwell or heard a sudden, loud noise. If this ringing becomes more permanent, it could be a sign of tinnitus. Tinnitus is a prolonged ringing in the ears that is usually associated with more severe hearing damage.
Your place of work should try to limit your exposure to loud noises. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as ear plugs, should always be available. If your hearing has been damaged on the job, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
Seek legal guidance to find out more about your workers’ compensation rights.