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Injured workers suffer auditory damage more than other injuries

Back, leg and arm injuries are all serious matters that affect workers in Colorado. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these types are not the most common afflictions for injured workers. Hearing loss and auditory damage is the most prevalent workplace injury, and it can have a lifelong impact on victims.

Around 22 million workers must complete their job duties in the presence of occupational noise that is at is at hazardous levels. Workers who are employed in construction, manufacturing and mining industries are especially at risk, although workers in other industries still face tremendous noise level risks. The Labor Department is currently trying to reduce the number of workers who are exposed to hazardous noise levels. Its summer Hear and Now challenge requested pitches for new ideas to protect workers, but several critics pointed out that this type of technology already exists, but employers often fail to utilize it.

There are many little-known symptoms that go hand-in hand with auditory damage, such as pain, which usually requires medication. Hearing loss is also known to commonly cause dizziness and ringing in the ears. It is these side effects in addition to general hearing loss and damage that requires an annual $240 million, which goes to compensate workers who suffer from hearing loss disability.

Surprisingly, it is usually workers who are exposed to moderate noise levels that suffer the most profound auditory damage. While workers in high-noise industries tend to have easy access to hearing protection, the same is not true for those in moderate-noise environments. Long-term exposure can leave Colorado workers with debilitating pain and hearing loss, which can affect their ability to maintain gainful employment and can also saddle them with ongoing medical bills. For most injured workers, workers' compensation benefits are the most appropriate options for those who need help addressing work injury related costs.

Source: bendbulletin.com, "CDC: Most common workplace injury is hearing loss", Zhai Yun Tan, Sept. 25, 2016

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