No matter which field you work in, your hearing can be at risk, but some industries are worse for your hearing than others. At the law office of Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we know that your ears often take the back burner when you consider the different ways you can be injured on the job. This month, you and other New York residents should be aware of the risks and how to protect your hearing.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, October is National Protect Your Hearing Month. Up to 24 percent of adults under 70 in the United States suffer from some form of hearing loss that was caused by noise. You might notice you don’t hear as well as you used to when you approach middle age; however, you may have begun to suffer from noise-related hearing damage as early as your teens or 20s.
Some industries, such as construction, military work, mining, machinery and live music venues, are known for contributing to hearing loss. However, your hearing might also suffer if you work in an environment with constant moderate to loud noise, such as in a restaurant, bar, school or office where people frequently shout, music is played and noisy machinery is running.
You might protect your hearing by wearing protective hearing equipment when necessary and asking your employer to provide hearing screenings, education and safety devices. As our workplace injury page explains, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation for a job-related injury or condition, including hearing loss.