Hearing Loss: Warning Signs


How Can Deafness-Causing Occupational Diseases Be Avoided?

Wednesday, July 12 2017
How Can Deafness-Causing Occupational Diseases Be Avoided?

As workers, we face various situations in which our ears must deal with stimuli that could deteriorate our hearing performance. It is important to understand that hearing is a fragile thing and that we must take the necessary precautions to avoid damaging it. If your noise-related hearing loss fits specific criteria, it can be considered an occupational disease.

What are the risk factors?

The main cause of hearing loss is noise. For this reason, it becomes rather obvious that everyone runs the risk of developing occupational hearing loss. Some professions, however, are far more at risk.

Potential danger is especially determined by two factors: the intensity and the duration of exposure to noise. Did you know that an employee exposed to a constant 80-decibel noise for 8 hours faces the same risk level as a person exposed to a 98-decibel noise for 7.5 minutes? During an 8-hour work day, it can become dangerous for a worker to be exposed to any noise exceeding 80 decibels. Short exposure to a very loud noise can be as dangerous as prolonged exposure to a lesser noise.

Usage of Work-Appropriate Hearing Protection

Prevention is key. It is important to make an appointment for a consultation with a hearing aid acoustician to know which type of hearing protection will be appropriate for your line of work. Depending on your work environment, various options exist. It is important to listen to your employees and to provide them with protection that will enable them to complete their tasks safely. According to the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité au travail (CNESST), industrial hearing loss is among the most widespread occupational diseases. Every year, the Commission receives numerous claims that could have been avoided with the use of hearing protectors.

You should note that, depending on certain criteria, the CNESST can cover a part of the costs of workers suffering from occupational hearing loss, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.

The Right Protection for You

Over 70% of acoustic trauma is caused by playing or listening to music. Musicians are particularly at risk of developing hearing problems. They are constantly exposed to variable sound. There is a way to fit virtually any headphone with custom earmolds that will ensure exceptional sound quality while providing optimal comfort. These earmolds filter sounds and reduce ambient noise, which is beneficial for those who suffer from hyperacusis, recruitment, tinnitus, cranial trauma, autism and children suffering from attention deficit disorders. There are three types of mitigation filters, each providing a varying level of decibel reduction. Depending on your condition and requirements, there will almost certainly be a model that perfectly suits your needs.

For instance, do you spend a lot of time in the car on the phone with a Bluetooth earpiece? There is a product for you. Custom Bluetooth earmolds perfectly fit into the shape of your ear and improve sound quality.

Medical personnel can have peace of mind by using custom earmolds adapted to stethoscopes. Even if the noise they are typically exposed to is less intense than what musicians face regularly, it can be optimal to prevent noise damage.


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