Hearing Loss at Work
Hearing loss is one of the most common work-related injuries in the United States. Even though employers are required by law to regulate noise levels, millions of workers are exposed to hazardous noise environments every day. Hearing loss isn't just inconvenient, it can cause permanent damage that affects your quality of life and ability to earn a living.
If your hearing was affected by workplace noise, you probably have a lot on your mind, but legal problems shouldn't be one of your concerns. Our law firm has departments that focus exclusively on Workers' Compensation and Social Security disability and we have years of experience defending clients with work-related injuries. We know you have questions and we're here, 24/7, to address your concerns and help you take steps to move forward with your life.
Hearing Loss Facts and Figures
Although noise in your workplace can cause irreversible damage, many American workers are exposed to noise levels that put their hearing at risk. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:
- Every day, 4 million workers hear damaging noise.
- The construction, mining, plumbing, and farming industries are among the most high-risk occupations for hearing loss.
- Almost half of all male miners will experience hearing impairment by age 50.
Sounds measuring over 80 decibels (dB) result in intense vibrations that can cause harm to your inner ear. Here are some decibel measurements for work-related equipment that could damage your hearing:
|90 dB||A large truck 5 yards away|
|100 dB||Woodshop noise, such as a power drill|
|120 dB||A jackhammer about 3 feet away|
|130 dB||A jet engine from 100 feet away|
Just like a back, knee, or other type of workplace injury, hearing impairment can seriously impact your health and ability to work. If you're a victim of work-related hearing loss, you deserve to be compensated for an injury that changes your life forever.