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  • Jennifer Birtles

How to prevent hearing loss in the workplace

Hearing loss can be a frightening and isolating experience for people: that’s why the team at eargym are passionate about promoting auditory health.


Hearing loss can significantly reduce people’s quality of life, whilst also having a huge impact on the economy. An estimated £25bn is lost every year in the UK as a result of early retirement and reduced productivity caused by hearing loss. In fact, noise-induced hearing loss is the second most common reason for employees to claim liability insurance for occupational health.


The World Health Organisation predicts that, by 2050, 2.5 billion people will be living with some form of hearing loss. This is a staggering number.


What’s equally astonishing is that hse.gov calculates that there are 2 million workers in the UK who are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in their workplace. This is, naturally, something we all want to avoid: so we’re here to teach you how to prevent hearing loss in the workplace.


With this in mind, we've put together a helpful guide on how to prevent hearing loss in the workplace.


How can hazardous noise levels in the workplace lead to hearing loss?


Before delving into ways of preventing hearing loss in the workplaces, here’s the science behind loud noises causing hearing damage.


The science behind loud noise and hearing loss


Sound travels through the ear as waves, which vibrate the eardrum. The eardrum then passes on these vibrations to the cochlea in the inner ear, so that the message can be transmitted to the brain.


The cochlea has sensitive hairs, which are res