You love your job. From the long hours, the noisy environment that is filled with the hustle and bustle of hard work and just that reward of a job well done at the end of the day. You have been doing this job for years now. It’s tough, but it’s what you love doing. Of late you or even for the past while now, you’ve found yourself constantly pushing up the television volume. You’ve also caught yourself on more than just one occasion missing parts of a conversation and having to ask people to constantly repeat themselves. If all or even some of this is you, then you might be suffering from Industrial Deafness.
What is Industrial Deafness? It’s the gradual loss of or deterioration of your hearing due to working in an environment that is too noisy. According to research, you should not be an environment that has a volume level of more than 85 decibels for 8 hours a day. This might seem like a very high number and you might be thinking that it’s impossible for your environment to be at that level. To put it in perspective. Your common hair dryer has a volume level of 85 decibels. Since we don’t walk around with sound meters, an easy check to see if you are in an environment that is too loud, is to see if you need to shout to be heard. If this is the case, then hearing loss could have been caused by your work place.
Industrial Deafness affects millions of people around the world and more and more people are becoming aware of this. If you feel that you are one of these people, then it’s time to have yourself evaluated. Being evaluated and having yourself confirmed as being one of the many who suffer from Industrial Deafness, means that you can seek compensation. Industrial Deafness is such a concern that it is listed in the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act of 2013. Remember that you are not alone. There are facilities that focus on exactly these sort of issues and they are willing to help you. It all starts with taking that first step. You love your job, you love that noisy environment. It’s time to make sure that you can still enjoy that environment as well as they many other activities that you love. So if you are reading this for you or for a friend or loved one, it’s time to take the step in being aware and get industrial deafness claim.