Many of the safety concerns we cover each month are often a matter of life and limb – heavy machinery dangers, frostbite, electrocution, etc. Our Blakely field workers may face such risks on a daily basis which is why we CONSTANTLY train and train and re-train on proper safety precautions. One area of safety is a bit less dramatic but no less impactful – hearing conservation.
Regardless of our chosen profession of choice, we are all exposed to loud noises in life which causes damage over time, such as airplanes, power tools and loud music (earbuds are the worst!). As many as 20% of Americans report some degree of hearing loss/injury according to the Hearing Loss Association of America [www.hearingloss.org]. Our society is loud and getting louder so youth are particularly at risk. Some hearing loss is congenital or from disease, and prevention is really not realistic in those cases. Estimated 0.2% of US children are born with some degree of hearing loss.
The vast majority of cases ARE preventable and require minimal effort with a little common sense! Follow the B-A-R acronym… Block! – Avoid! – Reduce!
Block the noise with earmuffs or earplugs in very loud environments.
Avoid the noise and just… walk away from the source.
Reduce the noise and try listening to music and movies at a reduced volume.
Regular visits with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat doctor) can detect hearing loss early on and also prevent damage due to earwax buildup or foreign body involvement that we may not be aware of. Check out our infographic for signs of possible hearing loss – CLICK HERE.
Blakely Construction wants you to spread the word about hearing loss awareness and take steps to protect your ears before irreversible damage is done. Stay warm and have a fabulous January.