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Introduction

Hearing damage from exposure to excessive noise is an invisible, irreversible, preventable yet largely an untreatable condition.  HSE are the lead regulator enforcing the Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) in Great Britain's workplaces.  Although the regulatory instrument outlines specific duties relating to managing noise, there remains a lack of real and sustained impact with respect to health outcomes.

We need to put the brakes on this escalating health problem and steer our approach in the right direction.  To motivate and influence action we are looking to provide a forum for change through this first European conference for a multidisciplinary approach to hearing conservation.

We aim to bring together a range of interested parties involved in hearing conservation in order to learn and develop an understanding of how best to tackle the burden of noise induced hearing loss going forwards.

Disciplines represented will include health professionals and audiologists, acoustics and noise consultants, occupational hygienists, health and safety professionals, insurance and legal experts, unions, charities, government departments, industry and trade bodies.

 

Aims of the conference

 

Attend this event and you will:

  • Get the very latest information on the case for change from leading international experts
  • Hear from inspirational leaders who lead the field in finding new ways of controlling noise in a variety of sectors, and learn how they made this happen
  • Gain exposure to the newest and emerging products and strategies for dealing with noise risk
  • Learn how to influence behaviour change in your organisation by gaining the right buy-in from all those involved

 

Audience

  • Employers, particularly from high risk noise industries such as construction, defence, utilities, manufacture, oil and gas and the music and entertainment industry
  • All actively involved in hearing conservation such as; health and safety professionals, occupational hygienists, occupational health nurses and physicians, audiologists, scientists, engineers and acousticians
  • Insurers and litigation experts
  • Educators

 

 

Background

Disabling hearing loss currently affects more than 10 million people in the UK and the problem is growing.  By 2031 it is anticipated that 14.5 million people in the UK will have a hearing loss.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2030 adult onset hearing loss will be in the top 10 disease burdens in the UK, above cataracts and diabetes, suggesting the issue is set to attract increased attention.

Over 1 million workers in the UK are exposed to noise above the legal action value and therefore at risk of hearing damage.  In addition to an increase in social and leisure noise exposure for younger generations, the increasingly ageing working population means that more workers will exhibit signs of hearing impairment.  Hearing impairment result in high personal, societal and economic costs. Hearing loss has a significant effect on communication and can mean exclusion and disadvantages in education, employment, social care and public life. Hearing loss also substantially increases the risks of accidental injury. The cost to the NHS alone in managing hearing loss in 2010/11 was estimated to be £450 million. Hearing loss impacts on labour productivity and economic growth costing the UK an estimated £18 billion in lost productivity and unemployment based on 2006 calculations. The UK insurance industry is currently paying £70 million per year in deafness related claims and there has been a substantial increase in the number of claims for noise induced hearing loss in recent years.

 

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters:

HSE Amplivox logo Svantek BOHS WHD

Soundex Reactec 3M NHC

Husqvarna HearingCoach ARCO Dynamic Ear Company Path Medical

 

 

The World Health Organisation has a programme of work on the prevention of deafness and hearing impairment. As part of their work they coordinate the World Hearing Day on the 3rd March every year, to raise awareness internationally of key factors in achieving impact on the numbers of people adversely affected by hearing loss and other auditory effects. In collaboration with University of Washington's Speech and Hearing Science Department a group of students have developed a brief video on recreational noise induced hearing loss.

 

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