Tradies National Health Month – Industrial Deafness.
August 2015 has been declared as Tradies National Health Month. Noise hazards on the job can be a real threat to the wellbeing of the workforce. Industrial deafness and ongoing issues with Tinnitus are the consequence.
Industrial deafness, occupational deafness and noise induced hearing loss are phrases which are used to describe a deterioration of a person’s hearing as a result of his or her working environment.
A person does not have to lose his or her hearing completely to be classified as deaf, and in fact there are varying degrees of deafness:
•mild deafness – this can often cause difficulty following speech, hearing the television, particularly in environments where there is background noise. This is the most common form of industrial deafness
•moderate deafness – people who suffer moderate deafness may not be able to hear without the use of a hearing aid
•severe deafness – those suffering with severe deafness often rely on lip-reading despite using a hearing aid. Such people may also use sign language as their preferred means of communication
•profound deafness – the most serious form of deafness. Sufferers of this type of deafness will usually rely on lip-reading and sign language
If you have worked in a noisy environment, being exposed to noisy machinery or tools and have noticed that you cannot hear the television or doorbell as well as you used to, are struggling in social environments where there is background noise, or are noticing that you are having to ask people to repeat themselves, you may be suffering from industrial deafness.
At Hearing & Audiology, all our audiologists are accredited by WorkCover to perform baseline, full audiological and subsequent testing. Our booths are WorkCover approved for both baseline and full audiological tests. Anyone working in a designated noisy area requires a baseline hearing test on commencing work. Hearing tests over the working life can notify us of any hearing loss. If this is the case a compensation scheme is in place if there is a 10% hearing loss compared to the original baseline test from noise in the workplace.
Your employer is responsible for arranging and paying for all WorkCover hearing tests.
Our Testing Range
Our clinics specialise in offering comprehensive hearing tests in consultation with WorkCover. This range of tests includes:
•Baseline and subsequent air conduction testing
•Full audiological assessment
•Subsequent full audiological assessment
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For more information about our hearing healthcare services, please give us a call at (08) 9388 8003
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International Noise Awareness Day 20th Anniversary – April 29, 2015
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‘Noise health effects’ are the health consequences of elevated sound levels. Elevated workplace or other noise can cause hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance, and sleep disturbance. Changes in the immune system and birth defects have been attributed to noise exposure. Noise exposure also has been known to induce tinnitus, hypertension, vasoconstriction, and other cardiovascular adverse effects. Beyond these effects, elevated noise levels can create stress, increase workplace accident rates, and stimulate aggression and other anti-social behaviors. The most significant causes are vehicle and aircraft noise, prolonged exposure to loud music, and industrial noise.
Why consult an independent audiologist?
Independent audiologists own and operate their own practices, which means that the owner of the clinic has qualified at university and is trained as an audiologist.
Hearing And Audiology are proud members of Independent Audiologists Australia
Independent audiologists are not owned by or closely affiliated to hearing device manufacturers.
Independent audiologists provide continuity of service – you will see the same audiologist at each visit and know that the work of any employee is overseen by a qualified audiologist.
Independent audiologists do not work to sales targets or receive commission on hearing device sales.
Independent audiologist provide advice and guide your rehabilitation decisions. Full explanations will be given for all recommendations that are linked to your hearing and communication needs.
Independent audiologists will deliver professional services tailored to your needs, as shown from a comprehensive hearing assessment.
Independent audiologists can offer government funded services – for Hearing Services Program voucher holders, WorkCover or WorkSafe candidates, Department of Veterans Affairs and where Medicare rebates apply.
Long-term exposure to loud noises can lead to a permanent loss of hearing, no matter your age. If you have to raise your voice or shout in order to be heard at your workplace, then you’re definitely working in a noisy environment.Fortunately, Hearing & Audiology has developed earplugs that can help you prevent hearing loss or mitigate the effects of working in a noisy environment, with options to adjust their protection according to the level of sound to which you’re most often exposed.
Custom Earplug Designs
We can design earplugs for the following needs:
- Noise (i.e., industrial, shooting, motorcycle riding)
- Musicians (i.e., concert performances, stage shows)
- Swimming (for amateur and professional athletes)
Our in-house design team can fashion a set of custom earplugs for every shape and size, using trusted international brands as our model. We can fit them to the shape of your ear, so that you can wear them all day without irritation or discomfort. It’s also important to remember that earplugs reduce the level of noise without cancelling it entirely, so you won’t be able to block out someone talking or snoring.
How Do I Know If I Need Earplugs at Work?
To find out if your workplace is noisy enough to require earplugs, WorkCover WA has set standard at a decibel level of 90 dbA for 8 hours or more. You can find more information at their official website.
Book an Appointment Today
For more information about our hearing healthcare services, please give us a call at 08 6555 5150.