Hearing Loss Due to
Work and Environmental
Factors

Loud Work Environments Can Cause Dangerous Exposure to High Decibel Levels

It’s not difficult to imagine the risks of hearing loss when loud workplaces are involved. Many industrial and commercial work environments subject employees to noise levels of 80dB, 100Db or even higher – putting this well into the ‘high risk’ category (any noise over 85dB~90dB requires hearing protection for sustained exposure). Examples of these workplaces include factories and manufacturing/assembly facilities, warehouses and distribution centres, aircraft ramps and maintenance, forestry, shipping, auto repair, music and entertainment and many others. While it is true that this hearing loss prevention measures came about as a result of the amplification of sound indoors, even working outdoors in certain environments can carry a high level of noise exposure and risk of hearing loss.

For anyone who has been subjected to high decibels on a prolonged basis in an industrial, commercial, military or other work environment, hearing loss cannot be reversed – but it can be halted, and it can be further assisted by hearing devices.

Hearing Aids for BC Workers Who Suffer Hearing Loss

Many BC residents have suffered hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to dangerously high decibel levels in the workplace. The bad news is that there is no cure for hearing loss; the damage done by prolonged exposure to high-decibel noise levels cannot be reversed. However, there is good news! Hearing aids are an excellent solution for virtually who suffers from hearing loss, be that from workplace noise, industrial noise exposure and/or other exposure to prolonged loud noises in various environments.

At NexGen Hearing Centres, BC’s leading network of hearing aid specialists, we have worked with many clients to help bring the sounds of life back to their ears. Even if you’ve been wearing ear protection for your job in recent years, the long-term damage could still be present. Talk to NexGen Hearing (with locations across BC) about how hearing aids could help improve your life.

Custom Hearing Protective Devices Might Meet Your Needs

Custom Hearing Protection

In addition to hearing aids, we offer a number of devices that work effectively to protect your ears from damage that would otherwise lead to (further) hearing loss. Find out more by speaking with a NexGen Hearing clinician today.

Hearing Protection for Industrial Noise Exposure

Many people suffered hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to dangerously high decibel levels in the workplace. Hearing aids are an excellent solution for virtually anyone who suffers from hearing loss.

Hearing Protection for Musicians

Whether you play music, listen to music or both, you may be exposed to unsafe levels of noise. We offer a wide range of ear plugs and other hearing protective devices for musicians and music aficionados.

How Proper Ear Protection Helps Prevent Hearing Loss for Workers in Industrial and Commercial Workplaces

Whether you are someone who is suffering from hearing loss do workplace noise exposure, or you are concerned about the potential for hearing loss in the capacity of your job, ear protection is the key to preventing ear damage and hearing loss from industrial and commercial noise exposure. Always use proper ear protection while in a workplace or other industrial/commercial environment with high noise levels. Take sufficient breaks while on the job to allow your ears a chance to heal (but keep the ear protection on, so that you’re covered when approaching or moving away from the loudest areas in the workplace).

If you wear hearing aid(s) and want to continue your current job in a work environment with a high exposure to noise, please know that these two are not exclusive. Wearing the hearing aid while working, however, even if ear protection is in place, will amplify the noise. Talk to NexGen Hearing today about how we can help you continue to work productively without additional hearing loss.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Loss for People Who Work (or Have Worked) in Industrial or Commercial Environments with High Noise Levels

Can people who wear hearing aids still work in an industrial setting, commercial venue or other loud work environment?

If you wear hearing aids, that’s because you already have hearing loss. In the case of people who work in loud environments, the only safe way of continuing this activity is to wear the maximum ear protection available. Before continuing with prolonged high-decibel sound levels at work, however, it’s best to speak with your NexGen Hearing audiologist. Remember, there’s no way to restore the hearing levels; once hearing loss has occurred, it cannot be reversed. But hearing loss can be mitigated, and hearing aids can help people hear better.

Does ear protection provide 100% coverage against exposure to high decibels for prolonged periods in a workplace, job site or industrial setting?

Ear protection today has come a long way from its predecessors. Still, it should not be considered as a 100% “foolproof” means of exposing oneself to an unlimited amount of high-decibel sound. However, proper ear protection has shown to be effective when working with precautions. If you have already suffered hearing loss due to industrial or workplace noise exposure, additional caution is recommended despite wearing ear protection when on the job.

Can people who wear hearing aids still work in an industrial setting, commercial venue or other loud work environment?

If you wear hearing aids, that’s because you already have hearing loss. In the case of people who work in loud environments, the only safe way of continuing this activity is to wear the maximum ear protection available. Before continuing with prolonged high-decibel sound levels at work, however, it’s best to speak with your NexGen Hearing audiologist. Remember, there’s no way to restore the hearing levels; once hearing loss has occurred, it cannot be reversed. But hearing loss can be mitigated, and hearing aids can help people hear better.

Is a modification in the workplace recommended to prevent (further) hearing loss?

Wearing ear protection is the best first-step in preventing further hearing loss or ear damage. Having said that, if there are modifications that are possible in your workplace or industrial environment that can reduce the potential for hearing loss without disrupting day to day operations, that is even better. This combination will help keep decibels down to a moderate volume. Exposure to large amounts of noise and high decibels in the workplace can still cause hearing loss. That is why you must continue to wear ear protection. If you are concerned about hearing loss due to exposure to environmental or workplace noise exposure, talk to NexGen Hearing about how hearing aids could help.

I think I may have suffered hearing loss due to workplace or environmental noise exposure. What should I do?

If you have been a working in a loud environment, such and industrial or commercial venues, you’ve may have been exposed to dangerously high decibel levels. Even if you have worn ear protection in more recent years, those earlier years of being in a loud workplace, industrial setting or other environment without hearing protection have likely caused hearing loss that cannot reversed. Your best bet is to talk to an audiologist at NexGen Hearing, BC’s leading network of hearing clinics. We offer free hearing tests and would be glad to meet with you and discuss your exposure to sound and potential level of hearing loss. Hearing aids have been found to be an effective way for most people with hearing loss to restore sound to their lives.

Are there hearing aids on the market that act as noise cancellation?

Yes, many hearing aids today have noise cancellation built into them. However not all offer noise protection at the appropriate volume levels when workplaces or other loud environments are involved. Talk with your NexGen Hearing audiologists (with BC hearing clinics located in Vancouver, Lower Mainland, BC Interior & Vancouver Island) about your best options in hearing aids and workplace, environmental or industrial noise protection.

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