This week is Deaf Awareness Week. A week which aims to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by people with hearing loss while raising valuable funds. Here at Echo Barrier, noise reduction is important to us and the main reason why we developed our market-leading temporary noise control solutions for the industrial, construction and entertainment sectors.
Our founder, Peter Wilson, an acoustics expert, saw first-hand the problems caused by noise pollution, and understood that innovative solutions were needed to improve conditions at both construction sites and live events. Echo Barrier was born.
In 2015, it was calculated that 11 million people in the UK had some form of hearing loss and this is estimated to increase to 15.6 million by 2035.
Peter says, “If your job or surroundings consistently expose you to noise levels of 80dB or more, then you could develop industrial deafness or tinnitus.”
To put this into context, normal conversation measures around 60-66dB highlighting the need for businesses as well as the general public to be aware of the noise they are exposed to.
During 2016, it was estimated that 20,000 people working in Great Britain suffered from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) caused or made worse by work. This equates to 62 cases per 100,000 workers, stressing the importance of implementing measures to reduce noise pollution. These can include earplugs, ear defenders, acoustic barriers similar to what we supply, acoustic baffles in the workplace etc.
Peter adds, “Our award-winning acoustics barriers are easy to install, long lasting and they significantly lessen the impact of noise pollution on the local community as well as construction workers.”
For more facts and figures on hearing loss, please visit the website of Action on Hearing Loss.