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I work in a noisy environment. How can I tell if I’m in the early stages of hearing loss?

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Noisy work environments affect millions of Americans each year. While hearing loss may not be reversible, if you notice early stages of hearing loss, you may be able to prevent it from progressing further. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) has a test to help you recognize the symptoms of hearing loss.

The following questions will help you recognize when it might be necessary to meet with a medical professional to discuss your hearing loss. It also may help you recognize that your noisy work environment may be too much for your hearing to handle.

  • Do you have a problem hearing the other line on the telephone?
  • Do you have difficulty following two or more people talking at the same time?
  • Do others complain that the volume on your TV or radio is too high?
  • Do you strain to understand a conversation?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
  • Do you ask others to repeat themselves often?
  • Does it seem like others often mumble or do not speak clearly?
  • Do you misunderstand others and respond inappropriately?
  • Do you have difficulty understanding the speech of women and children?
  • Do you face the frustration of others because you misunderstand what they say?

 

If you answered yes to three or more questions, you should consult a medical professional for a hearing evaluation.

If your noisy work environment is causing hearing loss, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights:  888-807-WORK (9675).