According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 10.2 million workers do their jobs in dangerously noisy environments. Even with federal regulations and ear protection equipment, each year thousands of employees suffer permanent hearing loss and even deafness because of the noise pollution at their work sites. Workers who suffer hearing damage that prevents them from doing their jobs or that leaves them with long-term disabilities very well may be eligible to collect workers’ compensation in Missouri or Illinois for occupational hearing loss. If you have suffered a hearing-related injury at work, talk to a St. Louis workers’ compensation attorney today about your case.