Did Workplace Noise Cause Your Hearing Loss?
Noise-related hearing loss is one of the most common work-related injuries.
Employers are required to protect workers by:
- Reducing the decibel level
- Limiting worker exposure
- Providing ear protection
Still, thousands of workers are exposed to continuous loud noises: they are very susceptible to long-term hearing impairments.
If you believe your hearing loss may be related to your job, you may be eligible for compensation from your employer’s insurance policy. Call 503-229-0895 for a free consultation.
OSHA established the Hearing Conservation Program in 1981, which set safety guidelines for noise level and exposure rates. Hardworking people in the 1960s and 1970s did not have this protection. As a result, people were exposed to high decibels of occupational noise without hearing protection.
Today, many of those workers retire with hearing loss nearing deafness. It can be difficult to prove the hearing loss is related to the work environment.
To make a workers’ compensation claim for hearing loss, you must:
- Have hearing loss in both ears
- Be evaluated by a physician
- Have evidence that your job exposed you to high decibel levels
If you have suffered ear damage due to your job, learn about making a hearing loss claim through Oregon workers’ compensation system.