Workplace noise induced hearing loss is one of the most prevalent conditions that working Canadians are facing today.
Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) can occur from ongoing exposure to noise levels 85dB or above. In it’s early stages, NIHL impairs our ability to hear high pitch tones, such as warning signals. As NIHL increases, it eventually spreads to the lower pitch tones and we being to have trouble hearing men’s voices and many other sounds in our everyday life.
The problem with NIHL is that it is a very slow process. For this reason it can be difficult to convince your employees that anything is happening.
Studies show that 26.3% of all Baseline Audio Tests showed high frequency hearing loss suggestive of noise damage. 8% of all hearing loss claims in BC are attributed to the construction industry. 31% of young people entering the workforce received abnormal results on hearing tests completed.
It is estimated that hearing loss costs the Canadian economy more than $10.6 billion each year.
It is the employers responsibility to prevent over exposure to noise in the workplace. It is more than giving your employees hearing protection and leaving them on their own. Having a comprehensive Hearing Conservation Program in place is the solution for prevention.
A Hearing Conservation Program will consist of the following:
Hearing safety benefits us all. Help ensure good hearing in the years to come by protecting your employees now with a Hearing Conservation Program.
Let us assist in your Hearing Conservation Program by providing Audiometric Testing for your employees.