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Tinnitus Awareness Week

Published: 06/02/2018

Tinnitus Awareness Week

As this week (5 to 11 February) is Tinnitus Awareness Week, we wanted to issue a timely reminder about the dangers posed by excessive noise in the workplace.

Whatever industry you work in, excessive noise can cause long-term hearing issues and lead to permanent hearing loss. Even short-term exposure can cause temporary changes in your hearing, such as tinnitus

But what is tinnitus? Although it’s thought that the condition is slightly different for everyone, most sufferers describe a ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring or humming sound in their ears. There may be one or more sounds, and the noise may be there all the time or come and go.

Employers have a responsibility to assess the risks posed by noise in the workplace to ensure employees are not subjected to harmful levels. So what can you do to avoid protect yourself and your work force from tinnitus and other hearing issues?

  • Enclose or isolate the noise.
  • Use sound walls or curtains.
  • Switch to low-noise tools and machinery.
  • Limit the amount of time employees are subjected to noise.
  • Provide quiet areas.
  • Provide personal protective equipment.


For more information or advice on minimising the dangers posed by excessive noise in the workplace, telephone us on 01405 752440 or email

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