Exposure to Noise and Getting Workers Compensation
Exposure to noise on the job may be what is responsible for your injury. If you have been denied workers comp because of your work related injury from exposure to noise, you need legal help. Noise is defined as sound that is noticeably unpleasant or that lacks agreeable musical quality. Noise is any sound that is undesired or interferes with your hearing of something.
Loud noise can be extremely damaging to your hearing. The length of time that you listen to the noise and the level of the noise can result in you having a higher risk for noise-induced hearing loss.
Can I Get Workers Comp for my Injuries from Exposure to Noise?
The question that you may have is, "Can I get workers comp for my injuries from exposure to noise at my workplace. The answer is, "Yes, you can." However, if you are having problems getting your workers comp, you need to call a workers compensation attorney or begin by getting a free case evaulation today.
The level of noise is measured in decibels (db). The higher the decibel level is, the higher or louder the noise will be. Permanent hearing loss may result from sounds that are louder than 85 db. Your hearing can be damaged by prolonged exposure to high noise levels, as well as by an explosion or a loud blast.
According to the United States Department of Labor, around 30 million people in the United States are exposed to hazardous noise on their jobs every year. For over 25 years, exposure to noise has been listed as one of the most prevalent occupational concerns in the United States.
Exposure to noise can come from a variety of sources. Exposure to noise may come from things like machines, instruments, equipment or tools. It can come from the hammering, banging and clanging sounds that are produced as you or your co-workers do their job. Exposure to noise can also come from an explosion or blast of some kind.
Jobs With a Higher Risk for Exposure to Noise
Several types of jobs carry an inherently higher risk for exposure to noise. Some of these are:
- Farming and agricultural
- Jobs that involve loud music or machinery
- Airline ground maintenance
- Assembly line, plants and manufacturing
- Construction work
- Any type of work that involves blasting
Possible Injuries From Exposure to Noise
The principle injury that results from exposure to noise is the damage to your hearing. Short term exposure to noise may only bring about a temporary change in your hearing, such as tinnitus (ringing in your ears) or your ears feeling stuffed up. Short-term problems may be resolved in a few minutes or hours after leaving the exposure to noise. However, repeated exposures to loud noise may result in permanent hearing loss and/or permanent tinnitus.
There are other difficulties that exposure to noise can cause. Some of these include:
- A reduction in productivity
- Contributing to workplace accidents because you cannot hear warning signals
- Creating psychological and physical stress
- Interfering with concentration and communication
- Limiting your ability to understand speech, impairing your ability to communicate and limiting your ability to hear high frequency sounds