Hearing loss can sometimes be a natural part of aging. However, many causes of hearing loss can also be linked to an event, experience, or situation within someone's control. Whether you already have hearing loss, or you want to prevent it in the future, take note of the following information:
Many things can point to hearing loss as being a possibility. You might be struggling to hear when people are talking to you on one side, or all sounds seem quieter than they used to. Sometimes, it might not even be easy to tell where sounds are coming from.
After a diagnosis of hearing loss with an otolaryngologist or another expert, you may wonder who will cover the costs of your specialist advice and costly hearing equipment. In some situations, the person or organization responsible for your hearing loss may be held to account.
Consider talking to a lawyer about your issue. After learning about your hearing situation, they can decide whether you may be able to file a compensation claim.
Before you start experiencing hearing loss, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of it happening as much as possible. Avoiding loud noises is one of the most obvious ones. Generally, you can class a noise as being too loud if you have to raise your voice to talk to people, can't hear what others are saying, and it hurts your ears. Remove yourself from the environment, or wear ear protection while exposed to it.
Loud noises are almost inevitable at concerts, parties, and similar events. You may not be able to protect your ears at all times, but small actions may make a significant difference.
Don't stand near loudspeakers, even if the loud music is lightening your mood. If possible, take a break from the music at least four times an hour. Use these opportunities to visit the restroom or purchase bottled water. Even wearing noise-reducing earplugs may be worth your while to protect your ears from damage.
Even though smartphone manufacturers have taken small steps to protect your hearing, you can further their efforts. Refrain from listening to music at over 60% of its maximum volume, and don't use earphones or headphones for longer than an hour. As a rule, have your music high enough for you to hear it comfortably, but no higher.
If your workplace doesn't prioritize hearing protection, make it your mission. Talk to your occupational health or HR manager and find out what options are available. At a minimum, you should have access to earmuffs or earplugs under OSHA regulations. If you don't believe your workplace is taking hearing protection seriously, consult a personal injury lawyer for help.
Preventing hearing loss isn't always going to be easy. Your workplace may not prioritize health and safety, or you may not have always made the best decisions for your ears in the past. Consider doing these things above, or consult a lawyer if you believe someone else's failures are to blame for your current hearing loss.
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