Are you at risk?

One of the biggest risk factors for hearing loss is hazardous noise exposure

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You can reduce your risk simply by limiting and managing your exposure to hazardous noise in your leisure, work or home environments. Keep in mind you should take special precautions if you are

  • a musician or bartender who works for long periods in noisy environments
  • a farmer who is regularly surrounded by machinery noise
  • a factory, mining or construction worker who is exposed to high levels of industrial noise
  • regularly exposed to high levels of noise while in nightclubs or pubs, at music concerts, or listening to personal stereos.

In Australia and New Zealand, most noisy work environments are well regulated and loud noise is kept to a minimum or the wearing of hearing protection is compulsory. Despite this, The World Health Organisation says that noise exposure is the second most common job-related illness/injury1. You can protect yourself from damaging workplace noise, by wearing ear plugs and speaking to your occupational health and safety officer or manager about making your workplace quieter.

If you work in a less regulated environment such as a nightclub, live music venue or on the farm, or are exposed to hazardous levels of noise in your leisure time, it’s your responsibility to protect your own hearing. Follow the prevention motto solution – Cover your ears, Avoid the noise or Turn it down. Use correctly-fitting ear plugs, limit the time you spend in very noisy places, and take advantage of electronic hearing protection devices and smartphone apps designed to help you monitor and manage your noise exposure.

Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.

1. http://www.who.int/quantifying_ehimpacts/publications/en/ebd9.pdf