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Noise induced hearing loss can arise through prolonged exposure to a noisy workplace. Employers are under a legal duty (and are required by law to have insurance to cover this) to provide a safe place of work which includes monitoring noise is at safe levels or if neccessary providing personnel with ear protection.
As a general rule, if you have to raise your voice to speak to someone two metres away from you, it is likely the noise in your workplace is exceeding regulations.
You do not still need to be in the noisy conditions. The regulations apply as far back as 1961 and the hearing loss caused by it can come on many years later. It can take three formes; accoustic trauma (permanent damage), tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and Hyperacusis (increased sensitivity).