One of the major concerns regarding employment health services is noise in the workplace and hearing loss. Protecting the hearing of employees is tremendously important. Hearing loss as a result of aging is fairly common, and follows a normal pattern. However, when we are exposed to loud noise over an extended period of time, hearing loss can occur prematurely.
Hearing loss is particularly serious because it is painless, progressive, and permanent. In other words, hearing loss is often unrecognized until it is too late to correct. This is why annual hearing tests should be a regular component in employment health services.
The effect of hearing loss
Hearing loss significantly reduces the quality of life. In the workplace alone, being unable to hear warnings and other auditory signals can create serious hazards. Additionally, excessive exposure to high noise levels is also associated with:
oloss of concentration
ohigh blood pressure
All of these effects can create various adverse health effects and hazards, both in and out of the workplace.
Employers can help prevent hearing loss
Employers are highly instrumental in the process to prevent hearing loss in the workplace. There are primarily three ways this can happen:
1.Identifying any noise problem may exist
2.Evaluating the extent of the potential problem
3.Devising methods and systems to control it
Recognizing the problem can be as simple as detecting the reality that workers are unable to properly communicate with another, even if only a few feet away. However, identifying the various exposure scenarios can be a complex undertaking. Exposure scenarios of the employees and many other situations make identification of a noise hazard very difficult.
One of the most important elements for a successful hearing conservation program is to get employees to buy into the program. This begins with adequate training and annual employee screening. When employees understand the far reaching consequences of losing their hearing, it is more likely they will comply with the hearing conservation requirements.
Maintain a healthy workforce with occupational health services
With years of experience and expert clinicians in occupational health, medical access clinics are focused on helping keep your workforce healthy and productive. In addition, we provide services through our highly convenient, walk-in location in Germantown, MD.
From drug screenings to wellness programs, medical access clinics offer a wide range of employment health services to support employers in maintaining a healthy, safe workforce, while reducing the costs of work injury treatment for your company and your employees.