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Industrial Deafness

Industrial Deafness–An Overview

Industrial deafness, also known as occupational deafness, is said to occur when “a person working at their regular job is exposed to extreme noise over time and as a result loses at least 5% of their hearing”. This is according to independent medical opinion , established after years of intense research.

Types of Industrial Deafness

There are four different types of industrial deafness:

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Industrial Deafness–An Overview

Workplace injuries not only account for a large portion of health issues among Australians, they cost huge amounts of money each year. It’s not just one-off accidents that are a problem, however, repetitive injuries suffered over many years account for a large number of worker’s compensation claims. One area in which the medico legal industry is seeing more and more cases is industrial deafness, the full extent of which reveals itself slowly over many years of exposure to excessive noise levels. Here, we provide an overview of industrial deafness and the ways in which it can be avoided in the future through OH&S best practises.

What is Industrial Deafness?

Industrial Deafness is also known as Noise Induced Hearing Loss and refers specifically to deafness inflicted through years of exposure to excessive noise in the workplace. What is known is that we hear different frequencies through the small hairs in our ears bending down and flattening to accommodate sound as it enters our ears. The Worker’s Health Centre describes industrial hearing loss in the following way:

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