How to Protect Yourself from Occupational Hearing LossOctober 8, 2018
October is National Audiology Awareness Month, as well as Hearing Loss Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity for employers and employees to be more proactive about protecting their hearing while at work.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) injuries affect a wide range of employees. This includes police officers, firefighters, factory workers, and construction workers, all of whom are exposed to harmful levels of noise on a regular basis.
Certain preventative steps can be taken that will protect workers from occupational hearing loss and permanent deafness.
According to the acting director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, it is important to establish healthy hearing habits at a young age, so that you can avoid NIHL as an adult.
Hearing loss can impact your ability to communicate with others and to appreciate many of the things we take for granted every day.
The symptoms of NIHL are not always obvious, and they can build over time. If your hearing has been damaged on the job, an experienced Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyer can ensure that you receive the full Workers’ Compensation benefits to which you are entitled.
How to Prevent NIHL
Simple lifestyle changes can help protect your hearing while you are at work or at home, including the following:
- Turn down the volume. Any noise or sound that is above 85 A-weighted decibels can increase your chance of NIHL, particularly if you are exposed to these loud noises for an extended period.
- Distance yourself from the noise. The more distance you put between you and the noise, the less intense and potentially damaging the noise will be to your hearing. Move as far away from the loud noise as you can while still performing your job.
- Wear protective safety gear. Depending on the type of job you are doing and the level of noise you are exposed to, wear earplugs, or other hearing protective gear that keeps the noise out and protects your hearing.
If your hearing loss was the result of occupational noise, you are eligible to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits, based on the extent of your hearing loss. To determine the level of hearing loss, you are required to participate in an audiometric testing process that will measure the extent of your hearing loss. The amount of coverage you receive will depend on the results of the test.
Your employer is only liable for the extent of the hearing loss that was caused by exposure to the harmful noise at work. To avoid having to cover your injury, an employer may try to avoid liability by saying that your hearing loss was due to exposure to harmful noise from a previous job, or somewhere other than at your place of work.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Occupational Hearing Loss
If you or a loved one has experienced hearing loss due to exposure to occupational noise, contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries and ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout the claims process. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (5629) or contact us online.