Learn about the causes, symptoms & treatment options for industrial hearing loss.

Also known as “occupational” or “noise-induced” hearing loss, Industrial Deafness is a consequence of prolonged exposure to high noise levels in the workplace. Hearing loss is permanent.

Industrial deafness can cause various symptoms:

  • Partial or complete inability to hear someone speak amongst background noise
  • Muffled hearing
  • Persistent buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • Inability to hear high-pitched sounds

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Work That Is High-Risk for Industrial Deafness

Any job that involves heavy machinery or exposure to loud noises can be a significant risk factor for industrial deafness.

The most notable high-risk industries include:

  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Education
  • Local Government
  • Construction
  • Warehousing
  • Agriculture
  • Entertainment (involving loud music)
  • Heavy Transport

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Tinnitus – What Is It & How Is It Caused?

Tinnitus is the presence of a ringing sound in one or both ears. Tinnitus sufferers can hear intermittent or constant whistling, humming or cicada-type noise.

What causes Tinnitus?

One of the most common causes of Tinnitus is noise-induced hearing loss. Continuous exposure to loud noise dramatically increases the chances of severe ear damage.

This is why those who work in noisy environments are at high risk of suffering from Tinnitus at some point.

We can schedule a hearing test with an audiologist if you experience Tinnitus.

Industrial Deafness FAQs

Noise-induced hearing loss is sensory deafness caused by continuous exposure to loud noise. Repeated exposure to high noise levels may lead to permanent hearing impairment.

Symptoms can vary from mild ringing or buzzing in the ears to almost profound hearing loss. They tend to worsen over time, resulting in gradually deteriorating hearing loss.

Industrial deafness can be challenging to treat, and some symptoms can’t be resolved.

Noise-induced hearing loss happens when the frail structures of your inner ear become temporarily or permanently damaged. Loud noises place excessive pressure on the stereocilia, organelles found on the hair cells that line the inner ear. If the pressure is high enough or repeats consistently, it kills the cells, which can’t regenerate.

Noise-induced hearing loss can happen in two main ways. You might be exposed to a single sound loud enough to destroy some or all of your ear’s hair cells. Alternatively, your employment history may have involved repeated exposure to high noise volumes, such as those from power tools or machinery. In this case, the chances of hearing loss increase with time. 

Even if your hearing loss isn’t severe, you may still be eligible for compensation, especially for hearing aids.

The extent of noise-induced hearing loss determines the monetary compensation you’re entitled to. We can schedule a hearing test with an audiologist to determine the extent of your hearing loss. Depending on the severity of your condition, you might be eligible for a monetary payment and hearing aids for life.

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