Noise and Hearing

If you're exposed to a lot of noise your hearing could be damaged. It's not just factory workers at risk: if you work in a noisy environment – a busy restaurant or club, a rowdy classroom – you need to think about how to protect your hearing, and what your employer needs to do to help you.

 

Further Information

The TUC webpages on noise and vibration contain useful information.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website has information on noise, including: for employers – Noise at work ; for employees – Noise – don't lose your hearing ; as well as statistics, guides, advice and examples of good practice.

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the Royal National Institute for the Deaf) runs an Employment, Learning and Skills Service for the deaf or hard of hearing and provides resources and information on protecting your hearing. The Action on Hearing Loss website provides a free online hearing check service.

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