Noise-induced hearing loss

Noise-induced hearing loss

What is noise-induced hearing loss?

Noise at work can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. 

Permanent hearing damage can be caused by sudden, extremely loud, explosive noises. 

Permanent hearing damage can also be caused by prolonged exposure to moderate noise levels. 

Usually this develops gradually and then combines with age-induced hearing loss. 

Hearing loss is not the only problem associated with noise exposure.  Tinnitus may also develop, characterised by ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears; a distressing condition which can lead to disturbed sleep.

Signs of hearing loss

  • Conversation becomes difficult
  • Others complain about the television being too loud
  • Problems with using the telephone
  • Difficulties with catching sounds like 't', 'd' and 's', resulting in confusion with similar words
  • Tinnitus (ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears)