27 Mar 2017

Turn it down! Hearing Protection is a must

Excessive amounts of noise with no hearing protection can have effects such as hearing loss and tinnitus. These changes are a worry as noise is everywhere in our lives whether it be at work or socially. It is especially worrying when you consider that the effects are irreversible if you’re not protected properly.

Tinnitus can bring people great stress, causing those affected to hear a type of ringing in their ears or perhaps other noises depending on the type of Tinnitus. Hearing loss is known to be a gradual process over time as you get older.

Whether you listen to loud music, keep asking people to repeat what they’re saying or you have general difficulty hearing, these are all signs of progressive hearing loss. We live in a world where noise is all around, working environments and socially.

The Health and Safety Laboratory have created a post ‘Turn it down!’ a useful look into hearing awareness. ‘In pursuit of silence’ is mentioned in the post, this is an insider into the everyday noise in our lives.

Check out our hearing protection and health links page.

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10 Nov 2015

Our hearing protection website page in Works Management Magazine

Works Management recently published a great article on hearing protection in their October issue.  Ian Valleley discusses NIHL or Noise Induced Hearing Loss and how it has been described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the most common permanent and preventable occupational injury in the world.

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Within the article the topic of noise assessment is discussed, at which point the person responsible has to decide on whether hearing protection is required, and also what protection is available.

The article also discusses resources “So where do you go for help to address the problem of noise at your factory? The library of resources available at www.hse.gov.uk/noise is really helpful. It offers a flowchart that walks you through the process of setting up a noise management programme, so that’s probably the best place to start.

Also, the British Safety Industry Federation has launched its ‘Listen Today, Hear Tomorrow’ campaign – see http://bit.ly/1L1SNV4 for details. This contains a wealth of information on how to decide whether noise in your factory is a problem and what to do about it if it is.

Finally, the ProtectHear website (http://bit.ly/1Q16Sp6) can point you to a range of useful links and resources on the subject of hearing protection.”

Read the full article about hearing protection.

See our resources about hearing protection and health.

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