It’s well known that exposure to excessive noise can be damaging to one’s health, hence the requirement for hearing protection on work sites. Here are 7 risks associated with exposure to excessive noise:
Exposure to high levels of noise can cause tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in your ears)
Temporary Hearing Loss
Failure to use hearing protection (and consequently being exposed to excessively loud noises) can lead to temporary hearing loss.
Permanent Hearing Loss
Exposure to high levels of noise can also lead to permanent hearing loss (also known as Noise-Induced Hearing Loss or NIHL).
Exposure to noise (even at levels that won’t damage your hearing) can cause workers stress.
Immediate Hearing Loss
When a very loud noise occurs (such as the noise resulting from industrial machinery or high-powered nail guns), immediate hearing loss can occur.
Increased Risk of Accidents
Studies have shown that noise can lead to an increased risk of accidents (due to distractions, making it harder for workers to communicate,
Can Lead to Heart Disease
Exposure to noise on the work site can cause stress, leading to heart disease.