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Depending on a person's line of work, the workplace can be a very noisy, loud location. Lots of attention is given to a person's eyes through the use of safety glasses but many people ignore or overlook the damage that can be done to one's hearing from working in a consistently loud environment.
As a consequence of the abuse to which many people subject their hearing, Noise Induced Hearing Loss is a common workplace injury and work-induced disability. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) can occur when a person's ears are exposed to decibels (the scale by which the volume of a noise is measured) in excess of 90 dB. This noise level is not that loud to the ears but can do a lot of damage if the exposure to noise levels in this range is prolonged.
There are a variety of industries that provide access or exposure to decibel levels above 90 dB. Industrial deafness is a risk for anyone who works in a heavy productive industry. This classification includes those who work with metal, drill, quarry, cut stone, or with noisy machinery. Noisy machinery can be any machine that is used in textile production, printing, wood cutting, agriculture, and transportation.
Because of the threat to one's hearing, any employee who feels he or she is in a noisy or loud working environment should take proper steps to protect his or her hearing. Employers should not discourage employees from protecting their hearing through the use of headphones and employees should not scoff at the suggestion.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss is due to the cumulative effects of exposing one's ears to elevated noises. There are some instances where one's hearing can be damaged immediately but those occasions are far rarer than the events that lead to cumulative damage.
Boston Workers' Compensation Lawyers
If your hearing has been permanently damaged due to an unsafe decibel level at work, contact the Boston workers' compensation lawyers of Pulgini & Norton at 1-888-344-2046 to discuss your legal options and to schedule an initial consultation.