Hearing Loss from Work

Hearing loss is one of the most common injuries sustained in the workplace. If you think your ear injuries are from work, you may want to talk with a Sacramento Workers’ Compensation attorney. Our attorneys can explain the signs of hearing loss and if you can experience hearing loss from working in a factory or call center. They can provide steps to prevent hearing loss from workplace noise. Our lawyers at Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, P.C. will help you learn more about the process of filing a complaint should you think you need a lawyer.

What are the first signs of hearing loss?

According to recent studies, more than 11% of the adult working population suffers from hearing problems caused by the workplace. This may be due to loud noises or exposure to harmful chemicals.

If you're regularly exposed to noise pollution and potentially harmful chemicals at work and you believe you may have some hearing loss, here are some warning signs:

  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Inability to understand someone speaking to you at least an arm's length away
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Constantly asking people you're talking with to repeat themselves
  • Increasing your television or radio's volume
  • Favoring one ear when conversing with someone
  • Avoidance of noisy places 

Should you exhibit these symptoms, you may want to consult with your doctor and give your workers' compensation attorney a visit. 

Can you get hearing loss from working in a factory?

Yes, you can actually develop hearing loss from working in a factory, especially one that has a loud and noisy environment. 

According to a study, noise-exposed workers have a higher risk of developing sensorineural hearing loss. The constant exposure to extremely loud noises produced by factory machines can damage the inner ear, particularly the sensory organs. Statistics say about 19% of those who work in a loud and noisy environment suffer from some type of hearing impairment or hearing loss. 

Industries that have a high percentage of workers who have hearing loss include the mining and construction industry.

Can you get hearing loss from working in a call center?

Yes, studies have shown that call center agents are also at risk of developing hearing loss. They have a higher risk of developing an acoustic shock caused by hearing a sudden loud noise through their headphones.

These unexpected and sudden loud noises may be due to loud fax tones or harsh signaling tones. They may even be caused by feedback oscillation.

Another cause of hearing loss or impairment among call center agents is unsafe headsets. Some call center companies purchase cheap headsets to save money. More often than not, these headsets are not noise-canceling. In order to hear the conversation, agents turn up the volume. This increases their risk of developing acoustic shock and hearing loss.

The excessive use of headphones also contributes to the development of hearing loss and other ear problems. Experts say that you should never listen to more than 60% of the maximum volume for longer than an hour at a time.

What are the steps to preventing hearing loss from workplace noise?

Companies should make the workplace a pleasant environment for their workers. These steps include providing proper protective gear as well as safe headsets. They should also identify the causes of loud and sudden noises and take measures to control these noises and protect their workers from ear injuries. In addition, there should be training and seminars for the workers on proper ear care and protection while at work.

Hearing loss and acoustic shock are common ear problems among those working in a loud environment. But these ear problems can be prevented if companies make the necessary steps in education and protecting their workers.

What can you do?

If you’re suffering from the symptoms of hearing loss and you think they might be work-related, then it’s time you visit our Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, P.C. office. Our lawyers can help you understand the first signs of hearing loss. Factory and call center work increase the risk. Our Sacramento Workers’ Compensation lawyers can give you tips on how to prevent hearing loss from workplace noise, help you file a complaint, and receive proper compensation for your suffering. Give us a call today.