Hearing Conservation

Implementing a Programme of Hearing Conservation in the Workplace

We have come a long way since the early days of the industrial revolution, a period that was characterised by a general disregard by factory owners for the health of their workers. However, despite copious legislation regarding health and safety in the workplace, the incidence of industrial injury remains unacceptably high. While pneumoconiosis and asbestosis may now be less of a concern, the threat to workers’ health continues. Not life-threatening, but certainly life-changing, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) has now become the most common form of industrial injury. Yet, with a suitable programme of hearing conservation, this too is preventable.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Are You Sufficiently Protected Against Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?

Towards the end of their 30s, most people’s ability to hear begins to deteriorate. The process, however, is a gradual one, and in most cases, those affected will experience no significant difficulties until quite late in life. Known as presbycusis, it is simply another manifestation of the aging process and, much like wrinkles, will be more marked in some subjects than in others. Of far greater concern than the effects of the advancing years, however, is the fact that the noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) has become the most prevalent form of auditory impairment.

Ear Plugs for Preventing Hearing Loss

Ear Plugs – Simple Devices That Could Prevent Irreversible Hearing Loss

  Typically, there will have been many occasions on which most of us would have liked to have had a pair of ear plugs handy, such as when the incessant barking of a neighbour’s dog or the constant background droning of aircraft engines defeated all our attempts to fall asleep. Even in the relative peace of their bedrooms, many people still experience great difficulty in nodding off and are forced to resort to the same solution, while some may even require the additional sensory isolation provided by a blindfold.