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Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing damage.
Damage can involve loss of hearing ability and people may also suffer a permanent sensation of noises or ringing in the ears, known as 'tinnitus'.
Hearing loss caused by exposure to noise at work continues to be a significant occupational disease. Recent research estimates that 170,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work.
Employers have legal duties (Noise at Work Regulations 2005) to employees to protect their hearing, use the navigation on the left hand side to find out how to protect employees hearing.
Controlling Noise at Work: ISBN 0717661644. Available from HSE books.
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