Expert: Workers must protect their hearing

It is vital for people working in noisy environments to make sure they are fully protected against deafness and hearing problems.

That is according to Vivienne Michael, chief executive of Deafness Research UK, who has urged such professionals to take measures to restrict their chances of contracting hearing problems.

Ms Michael explained that there is "a growing amount of evidence" to suggest that over-exposure to excessive levels of loud sounds represents a "direct cause" of conditions such as tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss.

The expert went on to say that being as there is currently no cure for tinnitus, the only guarantee to avoid it is prevention.

"If you do work in a noisy environment, ensure you have the appropriate ear protection. It is very tempting not to use it, but by not doing so you risk permanent damage,” she added.

Ms Michael's assertions are backed up by recent research at the University of Michigan, which established that too much loud noise can result in tinnitus.

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22/02/2012 16:37