Listen Up! First European hearing conservation conference – Manchester, 2 March 2016

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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.

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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.

 

Article source: http://www.hsl.gov.uk/listenup