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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Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, a study by Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging researchers suggests. The findings, the researchers say, could lead to new ways to combat dementia, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide and carries heavy societal burdens.
Although the reason for the link between the two conditions is unknown, the investigators suggest that a common pathology may underlie both or that the strain of decoding sounds over the years may overwhelm the brains of people with hearing loss, leaving them more vulnerable to dementia. They also speculate that hearing loss could lead to dementia by making individuals more socially isolated, a known risk factor for dementia and other cognitive disorders.
Whatever the cause, the scientists report, their finding may offer a starting point for interventions — even as simple as hearing aids — that could delay or prevent dementia by improving patients’ hearing.
The new study, published in the February Archives of Neurology, focused on 639 people whose hearing and cognitive abilities were tested as part of the BLSA between 1990 and 1994. While about a quarter of the volunteers had some hearing loss at the start of the study, none had dementia.
Volunteers were then closely followed with repeat examinations every one to two years, and by 2008, 58 of them had developed dementia. The researchers found that study participants with hearing loss at the beginning of the study were significantly more likely to develop dementia by the end. Compared with volunteers with normal hearing, those with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss had twofold, threefold, and fivefold, respectively, the risk of developing dementia over time. The more hearing loss they had, the higher their likelihood of developing the memory-robbing disease.
Even after the researchers took into account other factors that are associated with risk of dementia, including diabetes, high blood pressure, age, sex and race, Lin explains, hearing loss and dementia were still strongly connected.
“A lot of people ignore hearing loss because it’s such a slow and insidious process as we age,” Lin says. “Even if people feel as if they are not affected, we’re showing that it may well be a more serious problem.”
The research was supported by the intramural research program of the National Institute on Aging.
If you’re like most people, you’re used to thinking of hearing as something that happens in your ears. What people often don’t think about is what happens between their ears, in the hearing part of their brain. That’s where sound becomes information that has meaning. Your brain has to work hard to make this happen.
When the sound signals from your ears are compromised, your brain has to work even harder to fill in the gaps. This extra effort can take its toll. In fact, studies have shown that, over time, hearing loss can lead to isolation and depression.
That’s why it makes sense to take care of your hearing health the same way you care about the rest of your health: There’s a lot more riding on it than just your hearing.
Hearing affects everything b etween your ears.
What happens when you have a hearing challenge? The natural relationship between your ears and brain is disrupted.
It takes more effort to follow what is being said.
You feel more tired at the end of the day.
Hearing Care is Health Care.
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A hearing test takes place in a sound-proofed room or cubicle. You will take a seat, put on some headphones and listen.
We will start playing sounds that start at a bass tone and work up to treble tone and ask you to push a button when you hear each sound. Each time you press the button, we will plot your results which will enable them ascertain your hearing range.
Once your type and degree of hearing loss has been determined, we will be able to decide how much amplification you will need; they may then show you a range of instruments appropriate for your individual hearing loss and together we can decide what is right for you.
Our hearing tests aren’t confined to a “one size fits all” approach, but carefully designed to match each individual we see at one of our clinics. We assess the specific conditions of their hearing. Our staff are qualified to ensure that every client feels comfortable and that their hearing gets the best assessment by using the latest diagnostic technologies.
Our Testing Range
At Hearing And Audiology, we offer a comprehensive range of hearing tests, which includes the following subtypes:
• Pensioners and Veterans ( read more here)
•Industrial and Commercial Drivers
•Civil Aviation and Pilot Testing
•Westrail Track Access Accreditation
These tests are carried out in both quiet and noisy environments, so that we can be effective at determining particular types of hearing loss and determine the best course of treatment.
Our audiologists are registered with Medicare. Medicare rebates are available if you are referred by an Ear Nose and Throat specialist or Neurologist. If you are on a complex care plan with your GP rebates also apply with a referral.
Some private health funds provide rebates and you will need to contact your individual health insurer.
It’s unlikely that stress can actually cause t…innitus, but research has shown that there is a strong link between them. All sources of stress can sometimes be a trigger for tinnitus, or make it worse.
Meanwhile, some people – though not all – find that tinnitus makes them feel stressed, tense, anxious and depressed. These feelings are not always caused by tinnitus, but they can be made worse by it.
It’s known that worrying about tinnitus, and thereby focusing attention on it, can make it worse. When this happens, a vicious cycle develops: stress makes tinnitus worse, which, in turn, leads to greater stress and anxiety. However, if you find yourself in this cycle, don’t worry, there are many things you can do to break out of it and minimise the impact that tinnitus has on your life. A good place to start is to learn how to relax and control your responses to stress.
What is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy?
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) is a method designed to help the body adjust to its reactions and perceptions of tinnitus. Developed by Dr. Pavel Jastreboff (PhD, ScD), TRT allows patients to identify the background noise of tinnitus and retrain their auditory reflexes to block the signal for this noise.
TRT consists of two basic components: one-on-one counselling about your auditory retraining and regular sound therapy, via sound generators.
Neuromonics is another form of Tinnitus therapy which also involves using a sound generator. These are available in off the shelf form for those who require less help.
Sound generators are off the shelf devices designed to induce a better nights sleep and tinnitus relief. Designed by leading sleep and sound experts.