Hearing Loss Can Happen on the Job in Austin

When you work in an industry that is inherently dangerous, your mind generally thinks about possible injuries that are sudden and painful—broken bones, sprains, back injuries, etc. But what about the hazards you are exposed to every day that hurt you slowly over time? An example of this would be hearing loss—did you know that occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability.  

Hearing loss is an awful on-the-job injury in Austin for two main reasons: the effect it has on your daily life and the cost. Not being able to hear well is not only frustrating; it’s dangerous, as well. Additionally, a hearing aid could cost around $1,500, with $300 a year just for batteries. Of course, there are the regular visits to doctors and specialists, as well as the chance that you might not be able to do your job properly anymore. 

If your employer does not already have a hearing loss prevention program in place, you may want to mention it to them. A little prevention can go a long way when it comes to saving your ability to hear. The CDC says that a successful hearing loss prevention program includes 8 parts:

  • Noise exposure monitoring
  • Engineering and administrative controls
  • Audiometric evaluation
  • Use of hearing protection devices
  • Education and motivation
  • Record keeping
  • Program evaluation
  • Program Audit

The CDC has a lot of great resources on their website for employers and employees, and it is certainly worth checking out prevention techniques. 

If you live in the Austin area, and you were injured on the job, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact attorney Earl Straight today for a free consultation at 512-454-1331.