Hearing protection is vital in noisy work environments
If you are working in an environment where there is a lot of noise, or you are using loud equipment, it is important to wear hearing protection. Working in an environment where you are constantly subjected to high levels of noise could cause problems with your hearing. Once you have lost your hearing, there's no getting it back.
Hearing protection can help to preserve your hearing. Hearing loss in the workplace tends to be gradual and you won't notice how bad it is until it's too late. However you can also suffer instant damage as a result of sudden loud noises. Hearing protection is key in both instances to stop or minimise damage.
It's not enough to have the hearing protection, you must also wear it properly. There are different kinds available and if you are working in a loud environment, hearing protection should be provided by your employer - as should training on how to use it. If you have any concerns about noise levels but are not provided with hearing protection, it is important to raise your concerns with your employer rather than risk permanent damage.
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