The risk of noise-induced hearing loss often goes undetected until it is too late. There are a variety of reasons why this may happen-
- Hearing loss causes no pain
- Workers may feel discomfort and pain from excessive noise, but not from the hearing loss.
- The loss can occur gradually. Therefore, the exposed worker doesn’t notice until significant damage has occurred
- Once damaged, hearing cannot be restored. Damaged hearing can affect job performance, health and productivity.
It is common knowledge that hearing-impaired workers may pose a hazard to others and to themselves. They may misunderstand warnings and instructions as a result of their hearing loss.
The Effects of Hearing Loss on Overall Health
Often, many don’t think about the effects of hearing loss may have on a person. The non-auditory effects of noise may include:
- Poor digestion
- Poor self-image
- Withdrawal from social activities,
- Higher blood pressure and heart rate (hypertension)
Personal productivity- If the job involves a lot of communication, hearing impaired workers may quit or transfer to another position rather than risk criticism or suspicion of incompetence.
Corporate productivity- Compensation premiums, surcharges and penalties can affect the workplace’s productivity and financial health.
RMG has a hearing conservation program right for you. We offer noise surveys, abatement programs, mobile hearing labs and employee education programs. Contact our office today at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.