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Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Noise Surveys

Noise at the workplace is a major cause of deafness in Western Australia. If people’s ears are exposed to loud noise continually over a period of time, the nerve cells in the inner ear may eventually die and not respond to sound. This condition is called noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL loss cannot be…

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What is a noise survey?

Noise is one of the most common health hazards in the workplace. Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) usually occurs slowly over many years without the employee noticing until significant damage has occurred. An important step in preventing this type of hearing loss is determining noise levels in the workplace. Often the first step in this…

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Industrial noise

Long term exposure to industrial noise, as opposed to sudden sharp noises, accounts for 98% of all industrial deafness compensation claims.

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Noise Induced Hearing Loss – workers compensation claims

Do you work or manage in one of the occupations with the highest rates of workers’ compensation claims for noise-induced hearing loss? See the latest report from Safe Work Australia on Occupational Disease Indicators 2014. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/occupational-disease-indicators-2014      

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Impact of hearing loss in the workplace

A good audio demonstration of the potential effects of noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace. Make sure your volume is turned up, and DO NOT adjust it during the demo. Makes you think…..!   http://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/demonstration.htm

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Workplace hearing loss – noise and chemical risks

Did you know that on top of noise exposure, industrial chemicals can also cause workplace hearing loss? These chemicals are known as “ototoxic” chemicals because they can damage the cochlea in the inner ear and/or the auditory neurological pathways leading to hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo. Hearing damage is more likely if exposure is to a…

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Noise-induced Hearing Loss

Safe Work Australia identified 8 priority occupational disease groups to receive attention under the National OHS Strategy. These disease groups have been chosen because they have a high attribution to the work environment”. Noise-induced Hearing Loss is number 3!  Sadly, there is not an obvious decrease in the incidence of this preventable disease. What are you doing…

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Workplace noise-induced hearing loss…biggest compensable disease in Australia!

Occupational noise-induced hearing loss is the biggest compensable disease in Australia. The annual national compensation cost is estimated to be more than $A30 million. The real cost of noise is probably ten times the estimated compensation cost. The mining industry, construction, manufacturing and steel fabrication are examples of ‘high risk’ industries, where employees are often exposed…

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