Diseases & Conditions

Acoustic Trauma - Occupational Hearing Loss

Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatments for occupational hearing loss include the following:

  • aural rehabilitation, which teaches the individual how to work with hearing loss
  • hearing aids
  • protective equipment to reduce further hearing damage
  • workplace redesign to minimize further hearing loss
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    There are no side effects from the treatment options listed.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Many people with hearing aids have a hard time communicating when there is a lot of background noise. Other people should be encouraged to speak into the less-impaired ear of the person. Gestures and facial expressions can also help, when used appropriately. The person may need assistance dealing with adjustment to hearing loss. He or she may have emotional reactions such as anger, frustration, and loneliness.

    How is the condition monitored?

    The healthcare provider may order periodic hearing tests to detect further hearing loss. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.