Hidden Hearing Respond to Welders at Increased Risk of Hearing Loss

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Specialists in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to the increased risk of hearing loss for welders.

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Exposure to certain chemicals or heavy metals can have negative effects on hearing, with a combination of noise and chemical exposure causing higher levels of risk to hearing than either type alone.

Welders are at an increased risk of hearing loss because of exposure to noise and welding fumes on a regular basis, according to the Tri-City Herald.

Welders are routinely exposed to many job hazards such as loud noise, intense heat, blinding light and breathing in potentially harmful fumes. The fumes are a by-product of welding caused by melting and fusing metals.

Exposure to certain chemicals or heavy metals can have negative effects on hearing, with a combination of noise and chemical exposure causing higher levels of risk to hearing than either type alone.

Manganese, which is a naturally occurring metal and essential trace nutrient, carries an increased risk which is recognised by the World Health Organisation – carrying serious heath complications for welders. Studies have shown that even low levels of exposure can cause permanent damage to auditory never fibres and sensitive cells of inner ear.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“Certain jobs and industries can carry a higher risk of hearing loss, particular where there is regular exposure to loud noise. It is important for employers to take the necessary precautions to protect staff from these risks. For those that think they may have been effected by hearing loss, it is important to book a hearing test.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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