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Loud noises can cause long-term damage to your hearing, especially if you’ve been exposed to loud noises for long periods of time. For the legal representation you need when you have suffered hearing loss, work with the respected personal injury attorneys at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson. Our New York City lawyers have years of experience with these types of matters, and we thoroughly investigate your hearing loss injury to determine who or what was at fault — following through by seeking the compensation you need and deserve. Consult our team to work with an attorney who makes a real difference in your case.
The incredible risks of noise exposure
High-energy sound can cause significant damage to your eardrums, even after a short period of exposure. Even noise that doesn’t seem overbearing at the moment can damage your hearing over time, and these effects are almost impossible to reverse. In many cases, you may have to suffer with hearing loss for the rest of your life.
Some potential consequences of excessive noise exposure include:
- Loss of low-range hearing. This type of hearing damage may leave you unable to hear sounds at low frequencies, such as car horns and shouting.
- Loss of high-range hearing. This may leave you without the ability to hear high-frequency sounds, such as whistles. It may also contribute to difficulty in spoken language comprehension.
OSHA maintains safety standards for noise exposure
More than 30 million workers suffer from hearing loss per year. With noise-related hearing loss established as one of the leading occupational injuries in the United States, employers need to be careful about the amount of noise exposure on job sites and must provide workers with adequate hearing protection. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets rules on acceptable noise levels based on the amount of time a worker spends in a noisy environment. Although it may be difficult or even impossible to eliminate all occupational hazards, there are several steps employers can take to reduce the risk:
- Require ear protection. Ear protection can prevent significant hearing loss in many work environments, especially those that require workers to operate large, noisy pieces of equipment.
- Separate noisy activities. By removing noisy activities from common work areas, businesses and organizations can avoid damaging the hearing of many of their employees.
- Limit exposure. By cycling shifts, employers can reduce the overall effect of loud noises on their workers. This can result in an overall happier and healthier workforce, while minimizing potential hearing loss risks.
Some of the occupations that leave workers exposed to significant noise include firefighters, EMTs, construction workers and factory workers. If you’ve been exposed to significant noise that has resulted in hearing loss, speak with an attorney at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson to explore your legal options.
Contact an experienced hearing loss injury attorney in NYC
For a free initial consultation with a skilled personal injury lawyer, call Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson at 888.746.8212 or contact us online. We work on a contingency basis, so you pay no attorneys’ fees unless your claim is successful.