Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Miners' Hearing Most at Risk; US Survey Reveals 90% at 50 Had Some Level of Deafness

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Miners' Hearing Most at Risk; US Survey Reveals 90% at 50 Had Some Level of Deafness

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Byline: OWEN JACQUES Owen.jacques@apn.com.au

AFTER years surrounded by hulking machinery, explosions and deafening conveyor belts, many miners may want to spend their later years enjoying some peace and quiet.

Unfortunately, they may have little choice, with a survey of United States workers finding 90% of miners at 50 will have some hearing loss.

For those who work in quieter environments, that number is closer to 10%.

The survey was worrying enough to prompt the Queensland Department of Mines to send out an alert, complete with instructions on how to properly use ear plugs.

This noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by workers not using proper ear protection, or not having enough quiet time between shifts.

Australian Hearing's clinical practice executive manager Michele Clapin said some workers might also leave work to head to a concert, a nightclub or spend time shooting a so even their free time was spent putting their hearing at risk. …

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