How tradies can prevent hearing damage
TRADIES have to be very cautious when it comes to their hearing.
That's what National Hearing Care Kingaroy audiologist Hyfa Ibrahim believes, due to their long, constant exposure to loud noises.
Ms Ibrahim said It's important for trades workers to use ear plugs and ear muffs on the job, and if possible, at the same time to further minimise the noise.
"Longer exposure to these loud noises over 100 decibels, which is a dangerous level, can cause the hair cells inside the ear to die over a period of time. That's how they get hearing loss,” she said.
While ear plugs and muffs will help prevent the damage, Ms Ibrahim said there is another way trades workers can help their hearing.
"It's important to be mindful of when they can cut their hours around industrial loud environments,” she said.
According to Ms Ibrahim, instead of working eight hours in the loud area, with the next day in a quieter, office zone, it will be better to even it out throughout both days.
Ms Ibrahim said that if during a hearing test, there are ways to discover whether their hearing loss is due to industrial noise exposure.
"It will show in their results, and the pattern will be different to normal, age-related hearing loss,” she said.
According to Ms Ibrahim, trades workers should have their hearing monitored every 12 months, for both their safety, and because hearing loss due to industrial noises gives cause to work cover compensation.
If the trades worker has issues with their hearing, this means there won't be price barriers to get properly treated.