High risk of hearing problems for dental hygienists

A survey in the United States has found that dental hygienists are at particular risk of developing noise induced hearing loss.

The study, published recently in the Journal of Dentla Hygiene, obtained information from over 1000 dental hygienists, who had each been practising for over 20 years.

The study found that dental hygienists reported hearing loss at a greater rate and a younger age than the US population as a whole. The average age of those surveyed was 56 years and 40% of respondents reported having problems with their hearing.

Dental hygienists are regularly exposed to high levels of noise from dental equipment, such as ultrasonic scalers, which have been measured as generating noise levels as high as  86 decibels.

In the UK, employees exposed to this level of noise must be issued with hearing protection by their employers, to reduce the risk of damage to hearing caused by noise exposure.

In the US study, 17% of respondents reported having hearing difficulty caused by the use of ultrasonic scalers. 91% of these had a hearing difficulty confirmed following a test by an audiologist.

Those respondents who had hearing difficulties were found to be twice as likely  to have made significant use of ultrasonic scalers in their working day, when compared to other respondents.

What’s My Deafness Claim Worth has extensive experience in dealing with people suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus. We have a specialist team of solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist, who will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer an unparalleled support network and specialist legal expertise. If you have suffered a personal injury, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.If you are suffering from loss of hearing, buzzing or ringing in your ears, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

If you have been affected by hearing loss or exposure to noisy working environments you should not hesitate to contact us or to try our ‘Calculate my Claim’ feature on the right hand side of this page to see what your claim may be worth. We understand that the symptoms that you are suffering from can have serious consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account any time you have had to take off work, any treatment you have had to pay for including the cost of hearing aids and any other losses that you may have incurred.

All claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis.

Call 0800 849 8700 to speak to a member of our specialist team of Industrial Disease lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.


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