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Old 11-08-2012, 10:29 PM
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I will answer your questions, although I have never been a weldor, or a machinist. I worked for a natural gas utility,both in the construction, and maintenance fields of that utility.

1) How long have you been working in your line of work?I worked for 36 years before retiring
2) While working, do you have to shout to be heard by a coworker just 3 ft away from you or close to you?Depended on what equipment was being used, but shouting was necessary at times
3) Does occupational noise bother you? Not when I was younger, but did after a few years
4) Since you've started working, have you experienced any symptoms of hearing loss, like ringing in the ear, pain or been diagnosed with any sort of heart disease/hearing disorder by your physician?I have definitely suffered some hearing loss, and have had tinnitus for many years.
5) At work, do you use any form of hearing protection when working to control noise?When I first started working, no one wore any hearing protection;none was provided by the employer.Later years,occasionally wore it when noise levels were exceptional eg blowing down a gas line from 800 or so PSI to 0 PSI, running jack hammer etc.Some years before retiring, started wearing it whenever working in a noisy environment, and usually do so at home now.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:08 PM
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Thank you all so so much. Ironman, funny reply about the proof and science theory thing, you had me laughing but I still disagree that even though it does not bother you, it still doesn't hurt you. If you find yourself screaming and yelling in a noisy environment, well the noise is not bothering you in this case but then again after some time, hypertension diagnosis comes in; it is majorly stemming from the people you have to yell at so they can hear you in that noisy environment. This noise is just in the background and because it is there most times, it is making you raise your voice. Some people have vocal polyps who work in very noisy places and have to yell constantly.

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Old 11-09-2012, 01:04 AM
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I have enough responses now from all over. Thank you allllllllllllllllllll very much. free discussions may go on or admin may close thread.
We do not close threads. That is so that if someone makes a damned fool of himself he'll probably catch grief now & then forever.
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I would like to add something.
Noise has never bothered me. I can work in noisy environments peacefully, sort of like Ironman said about sleeping off a hangover. My wife on the other hand, cannot stand excessive noise. The hearing specialist has told her she has "sensitive hearing" - In other words she is very sensitive to sudden changes in volume. If you are watching TV and a commercial is louder than the program (something that has finally been outlawed here in Canada for Canadian broadcasters) she just about has a fit, and has to mute the TV. She could never work in the same environments I have all my life without it affecting her. And yes, she has suffered some hearing loss.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:00 PM
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1) metal fab: 12 years, auto/marine tech: 20 years prior
2) no
3) sometimes
4) no noticeable hearing loss
5) I use ear muffs (and face shield) whenever I am grinding, sawing, using loud equipment, hammering, etc. I have ear muffs that I can listen to mp3s or FM radio through, and I tend to forget I even have them on...
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:22 PM
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Thank you all so so much. Ironman, funny reply about the proof and science theory thing, you had me laughing but I still disagree that even though it does not bother you, it still doesn't hurt you.
Whether you agree or disagree is not the point. The point is- let the evidence speak, don't look for things to support your belief.

You just may find out you are wrong.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:32 PM
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Whether you agree or disagree is not the point.


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Still a man hears what he wants to hear & disregards the rest."
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Well said Ironman and Cutter!
Holds true for all things in life, from women to politics. My Grand-dad told me that!
religion can also be lumped into that pile as well.
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If there is a negative threshold shift in your hearing since you've started working with your employer, then you're definitely suffering from occupational induced hearing loss. If loud music caused it while you were working but it was on your ipod, then I'm sure it wasn't occupationally induced, that one is self. Your employer's machines, environment are not the source.
Your starting to show some serious bias young man.
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