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How sharp is your hearing? Can you hear people, but find it is not easy to understand what they are saying? When you go out with friends, is it difficult for you to make out what people are saying? Do family or friends ask you to turn the volume down on the television when they come to visit you? Is it easier to understand what people are saying to you if you can see them? Do you find it tiring to talk with people for a long time?
Are you part of the 22 million Americans who are at risk of suffering from industrial hearing loss? Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is far more widespread than people realize. If you have worked in a noisy environment for 20-30 years or more and have noticed problems with your hearing, then you should get yourself tested as soon as possible.
People also refer to industrial hearing loss as industrial deafness, occupational deafness, and occupational noise-induced hearing loss.
Industrial hearing loss affects millions of people in the United States. While laws have improved health and safety conditions for workers, 22 million people a year are still exposed to potentially damaging noise levels within the workplace. This exposure can lead to hearing loss, and even deafness.
How many people do you know complain about noise at their workplace? Maybe not many, but the truth is that some just get used to it and ignore the loud machines or tools. According to 2007 research, done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); around twenty two million Americans have experience with high level of noise at their jobs.
People get bothered when there are construction sites in their neighborhood as they are always noisy, or when a club in their apartment building is playing loud music every day of the week. But people rarely stop to think about the people who work there, often because they have no other choice but to work in those places to survive and how much that noise harms their health.