Carpentry, mining, manufacturing, and construction – all these industries have one thing in common – they are some of the noisiest occupations that can lead to partial or complete hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 million Americans are involved in these professions, and hearing problems are quite common in these industries. They also reported that in 2018, the Department of Labor spent over $242 million on annual worker’s compensation to treat hearing loss disability. 

Hearing problems at work

Hearing problems may happen to anyone, and that can affect productivity at work. If you find your colleague unmindful when you are calling him/her, it may be a sign that he or she suffers from tinnitus, one of the most common hearing problems. The constant noise of firing bullets or the drilling machines at the construction site can create a ringing sensation in your ears leading to hearing problems at the workplace. Although hearing aids can provide some relief, you should try some alternate methods to treat this type of hearing problem:

1. Using natural supplements

If you already experienced several episodes of hearing problems both at your office and in your house, it will be best to start taking an FDA approved supplement. Try searching for a product that combines magnesium, zinc, and ginkgo biloba as these are very effective to drive away the ringing sound in your ears. Calminax, for example, uses a combination of these ingredients and has helped thousands who are hard of hearing. These supplements are best for those who are not declared deaf by doctors. The ingredients clear the path that allows sound to enter your ear.

2. Clearing earwax

People ignore this, people are unaware, and people are too lazy – apart from the noise in your workplace, the accumulated earwax can also be a contributor to your hearing problems. It may seem like a disgusting task, and you may think that cleaning earwax and picking your nose fall in the same category, but this is a necessity. 

The daily dirt and dust from your workplace enter your ears, and when you take a bath at home, the water particles mix with the dirt to form grime inside the ears. If you don’t clean them, they become hard to get rid of. The hairs inside your ear together with the combination of water and dust form a mixture that doesn’t allow sound waves to pass. So, you can partially hear what your colleague says, and at times become unmindful.

How employers can help

If the profession you work in involves a noisy workplace, and you are already diagnosed with hearing problems, consult with your employer and check if you qualify for vocational rehabilitation. Business owners’ value good staff, and they will compensate either partially or fully for the treatment of your hearing disabilities. 

Moreover, you can use earplugs or other safety devices while at work. Too much noise can also lead to headaches and increase your stress levels. So, get in touch with a doctor soon to treat the problem quickly.