According to a Canadian study including 400 workers aged 38-65 years one in two boilermakers, shipbuilders and blacksmiths suffer from hearing loss, making them the group most at risk among construction workers. Among plumbers and pipe fitters, more than one in three (38 percent) suffer from work related hearing loss
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus comes from the Latin word “ringing” and is used to describe the condition where the sufferer experiences a noise in the head or ears where no actual external noise is present. It can be heard in one ear, both ears or the middle of the head. The noise experienced can be low, medium or high pitched. Words used by sufferers to describe the sound include “buzzing, whistling, hissing, swooshing and clinking “. It can be temporary, it can come and go – or sadly for some sufferers, it can be constant. For those sufferers who experience permanent symptoms, it can have a profound effect on their day to day living, causing insomnia, depression and anxiety.
Who gets it?
It is estimated that ten per cent of UK adults have tinnitus, that’s around six million people (BTA – British Tinnitus Association), while further estimations see some 17,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work (The 2008 / 9 Labour Force Survey (LFS)).
Anyone can get it at any age, including children, although it is more common among adults.
How could a construction worker potentially develop Tinnitus?
It's estimated that around 95% workers are exposed to high levels of noise on a daily basis. Unfortunately many workers are unaware of the risks being around excessive loud noise, according to the British Tinnitus Association noise levels above and continued exposure to 85dB will cause workers to go onto and develop tinnitus and hearing loss
Tools above 85dB
Working on construction sites, workshops, domestic repairs, building extension etc workers will regularly be exposed to noise levels above 85dB
The tools below are above 85dB
How Can EGGZ Construction help?
Many workers will use equipment, tools that result in sound levels continually going above 80dB. As a result using ear protection is key to ensure you protect your ears longer term.
EGGZ Construction hearing protection are certified earplugs and comply with all current regulations. Ensuring you are using a certified earplug is key to protecting colleagues from tinnitus and hearing protection as the earplug you maybe using may not actually protect you to the amount the earplug states.
EGGZ Construction will reduce sounds by 24dB, EGGZ uses advanced membrane technology that provides an air passage to the ear, minimizing the occlusion effect whilst keeping the ear ventilated for optimum comfort. Enjoy conversations and lower excessive noise while knowing you are protecting your ears in loud work environments
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