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Workplace noise can damage hearing over time

Construction workers in South Carolina are often exposed to workplace noise that can cause permanent hearing loss. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration calls workplace noise a stealth long-term hazard, because exposure to moderate noise levels can cause gradual hearing loss over a long period of time.

Gradual hearing loss could be the result of sustained exposure to sounds similar to a lawn mower or periodic exposures to high noise levels from tools like a nail gun. A sudden exposure to a loud noise like an explosion could result in instant hearing loss. At times, a worker may experience a temporary loss of hearing for 14 to 16 hours followed by a partial recovery.

The type of hearing loss that is caused by workplace noise is gradual and irreversible. Permanent hearing loss from workplace noise cannot be improved with a hearing aid or surgery. The only thing that workers can do to stop hearing loss is to take preventative measures. Workers may be experiencing the first signs of hearing loss if they have difficulty hearing people in crowds, cannot understand people on the phone, cannot hear cellphones ring or notice ringing in their ears.

When a worker suffers from a gradual workplace injury like hearing loss, proving that the injury is work-related can sometimes be challenging. A lawyer may be able to help an injured worker to gather a collection of evidence of work-related hearing loss that can be presented in a claim for workers' compensation benefits. A worker with damaged hearing may be able to claim reimbursement for medical expenses and a percentage of lost wages.

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