Blue Tree Acoustics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) #20
Is the noise I experience at work dangerous?
You are potentially at risk if the noise you suffer is intrusive like a busy street or a vacuum cleaner and you are working in that environment for hours. If you cannot talk to someone near you, due to noise, potentially you are at risk.
If you use any sort of powered tools for more than a few minutes a day, you might be at risk, also any sort of hammering, drop forging or other impact noise may well be dangerous.
If you have noticed any change in your hearing or lifestyle such as conversation becoming difficult or impossible, or you have started having your television turned up loud, or you have ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in your ears, then you should take action.
Hearing loss is usually a slow process and as it decays only a little at a time, you don't notice until it is too late.
If in doubt, ask your employer about it and ask that an acoustic assessment is undertaken.
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