Hearing Loss and World Hearing Day 20182nd mar 2018
World Hearing Day – Hear the Future
Pulsar Instruments is pleased to lend our support to World Hearing Day 2018. The theme for this year is Hear the Future1. The World Health Organisation (WHO) anticipates an increase in the number of people with hearing loss around the world in the coming decades. They estimate that:
By 2050, 900 million people could suffer from disabling hearing loss2
>1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to recreational exposure to sound levels, and
Lack of attention to hearing loss poses an annual global cost of $750 billion.
Whilst hearing loss can result from genetic causes, complications of birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, use of some drugs, injury, ageing, and exposure to excessive noise. arguably few of these are within the realms of our individual control. However noise is an exception to this as it remains a major and avoidable cause of hearing loss. Why should you care? Well because noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is still one of the most compensated forms of occupational injury affecting businesses today. It is often permanent, but is largely preventable through improved awareness and education, and the identification of occupational hazards.
Three key impacts of hearing loss:
- Functional impact: ability to communicate with others
- Social and emotional impact: feelings of isolation, loneliness and frustration
- Economic impact: global cost of unaddressed hearing loss is $750 billion
Whilst many causes of congenital and disease related hearing loss can be prevented through improving public health, immunisation and education. Noise-induced hearing loss (both occupational and recreational) can be prevented in the following five ways.
Five ways to help prevent and mitigate workplace NIHL:
- raising awareness of the risks
- early detection through screening
- enforcing legislation
- limiting the amount of time of exposure to noise
- encouraging individuals’ use of personal protective devices. Sound level meters such as the Pulsar Nova range are able to prescribe the level of hearing protection required to protect individuals are work.
Pulsar Instruments, in addition to supplying many market leading noise measurement products, has put together a helpful Guide for Employers on how to Control Workplace Noise and avoid costly legal claims. These are summarised in this infographic.
Pulsar Instruments also offers a one-day noise awareness course to help those people who are new to noise measurement (or need a refresher) to understand what, why and how to measure noise, and our noise and vibration consultants are on hand to carry out noise assessments of your workplace.
1World Hearing Day is held of the 3 March each year to raise awareness of how to prevent hearing loss, and promote ear and hearing care across the world. The World Health Organisation sets the these each year.
This year’s theme is ‘Hear the future’, supported by key messages that highlight the rise in prevalence of hearing loss globally over the coming years.
2WHO define disabling hearing loss as: Hearing Loss greater than 35dB in the better hearing ear in adults (15 years +) and greater than 30dB in the better hearing ear in children (0-14 years). Currently 466 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss (an increase from 360 million, 5 years ago).