Hearing Awareness Week


Reported by Monica | 06:56am, Monday 24 August, 2015

Figures reported by Hearing Awareness Week reveal one in six Australians is deaf, hearing impaired or has an ear disorder, with the most common causes of hearing loss being due to age or loud noises.

Noise-induced hearing loss is of major concern, as it is one of the most common and preventable occupational injuries. According to Safe Work Australia there were approximately 16,500 successful workers’ compensation claims for industrial deafness involving permanent impairment due to noise from July 2002 – June 2007.

Damage to hearing can occur from exposure to extremely loud noise over a short period of time or prolonged exposure to moderate noise levels. Hearing loss occurs gradually with loss being irreversible, so it’s important to be aware of the risks and limit exposure to excessive noise wherever possible.

Hearing Awareness Week is from Sunday 23 – Saturday 29 August and aims to raise awareness of just how precious and fragile hearing is and what we can do to protect ourselves from noise injuries.

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Manage the risks of hearing loss associated with exposure to noise at the workplace with a Noise Management Module and Noise Control Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Useful Links
Deafness Forum
Hearing Awareness Week
Hearing Awareness Week – Noise Stimulator 

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