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How noise impacts health

Those who work in North Carolina may be harming their health by working in a noisy environment. According to a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, there is a link between noise and high cholesterol and blood pressure. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that 41 million workers are exposed to excess noise while on the job.

About 25 percent of American workers are now exposed to noise while at work, which is an increase from 14 percent in 2017. Of those workers, 24 percent had high blood pressure while 28 percent had high levels of cholesterol. Those who work in the mining, manufacturing and construction industries were the most likely to be exposed to high levels of noise. The results of a CDC study are supported by previous research such as a study conducted in 2015 and published in Occupational Environmental Medicine.

In addition to being at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, individuals who are exposed to noise may have a harder time sleeping. It may also make it harder to think or retain information, and it could lead to migraines or make migraines that people already experience more severe. Hearing loss is another risk for those who are exposed to too much noise.

Individuals who experience hearing loss, injuries related to noise exposure or other health problems because of their work environment may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. Benefits might allow workers to receive payment for medical expenses incurred to treat an injury or illness. An attorney may be able to assist a worker who has questions about an initial application or who has had a claim denied.

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