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How Working in Oil Drilling Can Create Hearing Loss in Overton, NV

If you work around oil well or oil drilling operations, your hearing is at risk. Statistics among workers worldwide show the long-term effects of the heavy equipment and noisy environment. In the U.S., more than 23,000 cases of occupational hearing were reported in 2007, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Intermountain West has areas that are rich in oil and gas with drilling operations that have lead to an economic boom. If you work around oil or gas drilling equipment in Utah’s Uinta Basin or in Wyoming in communities such as Rock Springs, Riverton or Lander, you may be at greater risk for hearing loss.

In this article, we’ll provide tips to help identify risks and steps you can take to proactively stop hearing loss.

What Is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?

Noise-induced hearing loss is the result of being around sounds that are too loud for the ear to handle. The noise levels damage the structure of the inner ear.

Immediate symptoms may include:

– Feelings of pressure and fullness in the ear
– Hearing muffled sounds instead of crisp conversation
– Ringing in the ears

At first these symptoms may come and go, in a matter of minutes or hours. That doesn’t mean the effects of the loud noise are temporary. It just indicates there are enough healthy cells in your inner ear to compensate.

At first you will notice that you can’t hear high-pitched sounds, like bird songs. Or you can’t understand what someone is saying to you in a crowded room with background noise. Eventually you won’t be able to distinguish lower-pitched sounds. Over time, the hearing loss gets worse, cutting you off from conversation, music, and the audio parts of television, videos and movies.

How Can You Reduce the Risk?

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For oil and gas drilling workers in Utah and Wyoming, daily exposure to loud, heavy machinery comes with the job. The best way to reduce the risk of permanent hearing loss is by using hearing protection devices, referred to as HPDs.

Common HPDs are earplugs and earmuffs. They need to be worn correctly and consistently to do any good. Be sure to follow instructions so the HPD will be effective. A better solution are devices more scientifically designed to protect your hearing such as the new innovative hearing protection products.

Why Get Regular Hearing Checkups?

In the early stages, you might not realize your earning is being harmed. The best way to find out is to get a hearing checkup, and do a follow-up at least once a year.

A hearing professional has the tools and training to measure your ability to hear a range of sounds. When the tests are done on a regular basis, a doctor of audiology can accurately monitor the effects of loud machinery and work settings on your hearing. The practical way to do that is with regular hearing tests.

Don’t be a victim of noise-induced hearing loss. Get your hearing checked regularly to stop deterioration at Intermountain Audiology today, click here!

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No pressure sales or scare tactics; only compassion and caring from this office - Kurt Mooney was knowledgeable and passionate about helping me discover the possibilities I have been missing out on for the past 12 years from my sudden hearing loss. The new technology available was explained clearly and simply and all the testing was painless. I am excited for what life changing options are right around the corner for me.- Suzie Bledsoe
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I had a very hard time adjusting to hearing devices and am thankful for Dr. Mooney's patience and expert help in getting them set up correctly. Julie does a great job keeping the appointments on track and helps make every visit very pleasant. I highly recommend this office and staff- Bruce Whisenhunt
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I enjoy going to see Dr. Mooney in Mesquite. He takes time to go over every little detail and explains things that makes it easy to understand. No question is unimportant to him and for me, that's huge. Office staff is warm and friendly creating a great atmosphere. Thanks for what you do to make my quality of life that much better. Truly appreciated.- Vickie Anderson
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