Noise induced hearing loss

nihiWEB-EIt often happens so gradually that you may not realize it. Excessive noise damages tiny sensory cells deep inside the ear. At first, you can’t clearly hear conversations in noisy workplaces, restaurants or sporting events, where there is background noise.

Noise can also cause your ears to ring. Or you may notice sounds seem muffled at the end of a day’s work.

Over time, you lose your ability to hear high-pitched sounds, like birds chirping, an alarm clock beeping or a warning signal at work. Eventually, you become isolated from the people and environments around you.

Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent, but it’s also preventable.

In 2016, it was a $15.4 million problem in New Brunswick. Since 2007, WorkSafeNB has provided hearing aids and related services to more than 8,000 injured workers. That number is expected to grow even faster as New Brunswick’s population grows older.

Don’t be among those who end up with hearing loss. Don’t become isolated in a world of silence. Protect your ears at work and home.

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What can I do to reduce my noise exposure?

How can I tell if my workplace is too loud?

What can I do to reduce noise exposure in my workplace?

What can employers do to reduce noise exposure in the workplace?

If you are having a hearing problem, and suspect it could be due to noise exposure at work, consider making an appointment with one of our approved hearing services providers and completing a Form 67 – Report of accident or occupational disease. Submitting the Form 67 to WorkSafeNB will start the claims process.

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