Many of us enjoy listening to music on the morning commute or walking to school or college, but did you realise that these mini speakers could be contributing to permanent hearing damage?
Whether you work in a setting that exposes you to loud noises or music on a regular basis, or you simply like to listen to tracks in your leisure time, here are some steps to help you avoid industrial deafness, general hearing loss, accidents at work and irreversible damage to your ears:
Set a safe limit
Listening to music shouldn’t have a negative impact on your hearing; however, if you have the volume on high for long periods of time, this can take its toll. Avoid listening to very loud music and set a safe limit on your headphones.
If you work in a noisy environment and there is a risk of occupational deafness, speak to your employer about health and safety measures and ensure you use the relevant protective equipment, such as ear defenders.
As a general rule, if you remove your headphones and you can still hear music blaring out, your music is on too loud.
Give your ears a break
Constant exposure to noise means that your ears are always under pressure, so give them a break and take intervals to allow them to rest.
If you work at a gig venue, you use loud machinery or power tools on a regular basis, you spend your days in a noisy environment, such as an airport, or you work in music production, wear earplugs or other personal protective equipment to protect your ears.
Watch out for the warning signs
Sometimes, it’s possible to act to prevent any further damage to your hearing if you are able to spot early warning signs. Look out for changes in your hearing, such as ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus), and seek medical advice.
You should also inform your employer of any work-related injuries, and speak with occupational health if your employment provides this service.
Industrial hearing loss compensation
If you have occupational hearing loss as a result of a work accident or exposure to loud noises in your working environment, you may have a case for work injury compensation. In order for an industrial deafness claim to be successful, the individual must be able to prove that they were not at fault for their injuries.
If you think you may have a valid personal injury claim, visit our Accident Advice Helpline website and take the simple 30-second eligibility test. Alternatively, speak with us directly, via Freephone number 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice