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Recently CavCom has received questions from customers who are concerned about a significant hearing loss or standard threshold shift (STS) observed in only one ear. Is this common with occupational noise exposures? The answer is, well, not really. Single-ear hearing issues could be a warning sign.
First, let's be clear - no hearing loss is a good one. That said, a significant change in hearing in one ear (much more so in one ear than the other) is unusual. A high number of single-ear shifts in hearing among your workers is […] Read More »
As wildfires rage throughout the west this summer, it's timely to pause and consider one of the often overlooked hazards of this high-risk occupation – noise. Wildland fire fighters may work 12 to 16 hour shifts for up to 14 consecutive days. And although noise exposures and hearing loss have been well-documented for structural fire fighters, wildland exposures have only recently come to light.
Wildland fire-fighters encounter numerous well-known noise sources such as chainsaws, leaf blowers, wood chippers, pumps, bulldozers and airplanes. The United States Forest Service, in partnership with the […] Read More »
Summer is the time of year for enjoying the wonderful outdoors, including frequent visits to the pool or nearest beach. Most of us have experienced "swimmer's ear", but what exactly is this painful condition and how do we prevent it from spoiling our summer fun?
Acute otitis externa (AOE) is the technical name for an infection or inflammation of the lining of the ear canal. The condition gets the name "swimmer's ear" because it is more likely to occur among swimmers or surfers, especially in warm, humid climates. […] Read More »
For many students, summer break is spent earning money for college, a car, and other personal items. But teens and parents beware, job-related injury rates are high for young workers. Limited job experience and training can put young people at increased risk.
Teen workers have higher rates of work-related injuries than their older, more experienced counterparts. Young people often work on a part-time or temporary basis, and may not receive adequate safety training and oversight. Some experts point out that middle and high school workers also may not have the physical […] Read More »