Every year, approximately 30 million people in the United States are exposed to hazardous noise at work.Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss that neither surgery nor a hearing aid can help correct. Short-term exposure to loud noise can also cause a temporary change in hearing (your ears may feel stuffed up) or ringing in your ears (tinnitus) and may go away within a few minutes or hours after leaving the noisy area. However, repeated exposure can lead to permanent hearing loss.
The effects of hearing loss can interfere with your ability to enjoy time with friends, playing with your children or grandchildren, or participating in other social activities. What are the warning signs that your workplace may be too noisy? Noise may be a problem in your workplace if:
- You hear ringing or humming in your ears after you leave work.
- You have to shout to be heard by a coworker an arm's length away.
- You experience temporary hearing loss when leaving work.
If you think noise is a problem where you work – let your supervisor know!
*Blog courtesy of National Waste and Recycling Association. For more information visit https://wasterecycling.org/