Protecting Your Hearing from Work Related Hearing Loss

2019-06-06 | Hearing loss, Patient Resources

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Statistics have shown that the working population is increasingly at high risk of suffering from hearing loss. The most affected being men. Men with over ten years of experience in noisy workplaces are more likely to experience severe hearing problems as they transition into their senior years.

Creating awareness of  work-related hearing loss in various working environments is highly beneficial. It is helping men avoid or prevent the possibilities of damaging their hearing capacity in the future. Noise-induced hearing loss is most familiar with men working in various industries in Louisiana, for example, the entertainment industries, the construction industries, manufacturing and process industries, among others.

When sound cannot reach the brain for processing, then you may be experiencing hearing loss. There are different causes as to why hearing loss may occur. Some of the leading causes include;

  • Medication that may alter the sensory nerves of hearing
  • Infections such as mumps, meningitis, and measles
  • Severe head injury or trauma
  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Exposure to excessively loud noises over long periods

Hearing loss caused by occupational exposure has become increasingly worrying in Louisiana warranting laws that are enacted to protect the rights of all workers. This law is exercised under the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act and allows the employees to be compensated in case of hearing loss caused by occupational exposure. If you have to talk over someone to be heard because of loud noise at work, then you know the noise is unhealthy and could potentially be the cause of work-related hearing loss.

Although it took a lot of convincing for the law to be enacted, it was finally made law. With the knowledge of how exposure to loud noise could ruin your hearing capabilities in the future, there is the need for both men and women to understand how to take care of their ears in environments where loud noises are inevitable. Here are some ways that you can use to protect your sense of hearing from damage.

  • Eating healthy and avoiding junk food
  • Regular exercising
  • Avoiding Smoking and other drugs
  • Avoiding using headphones on loudspeaker regularly
  • Wearing protective working attire in work environments that necessitate protective attire.

At SLENT Hearing & Balance Center, we are committed to helping other men and women step into their senior years with less worry about their hearing capabilities. We recommend regular checkups because we understand prevention is better than cure.

If you work in an environment that has loud noises which are inevitable, make a point of purchasing protective hearing pieces. Also, do not miss your regular appointments to ensure your hearing ability is healthy. contact us

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Dr. JJ Martinez, AuD, FAAA

J.J. was born in Wichita, KS, and was brought up in a Marine Corps family. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the Marine Corps after high school and was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC. After going to college at Southeastern Louisiana University, he went to graduate school and got his doctorate degree from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, LA. Soon after, he started his career in audiology and became board certified in Audiology.


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