Noise is probably the most widespread and underestimated of workplace hazards.
Noise-induced hearing loss is an irreversible condition that can have a terrible impact on a person’s life.
If you are exposed to loud noise continually over a period of time, the nerve receptors in your inner ear may eventually die, and once damage occurs it cannot be repaired.
Hearing loss can also result from exposure to sudden loud noises, such as explosions, gun shots or heavy hammering. These types of noises are commonly referred to as ‘impact’ noises and, if loud enough, can cause immediate, permanent damage.
Permanent hearing loss may also be accompanied by tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Regulations in Victoria limit exposure to 85 decibels (A) averaged over 8 hours.