Many occupations can be detrimental to one’s hearing ability. In fact, hearing loss is the most common work-related injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 22 million Americans are exposed to high noise levels while they are at work, and an estimated $242 million is spent yearly on worker’s compensation for hearing loss. You are probably familiar with jobs that entail noise such as mining, manufacturing, carpentry, and music, but there might be a few jobs that you did not know posed a risk to your hearing ability.
If your job consists of noise that exceeds 60 decibels, which is a normal conversation, then you may be at risk. The jobs are not always obvious. Here are few that may surprise you:
Speak to your human resources (HR) department at work regarding exposure to loud noises. Your employer should make changes to reduce your exposure such as:
Hearing problems caused by the workplace are too common. If you suspect a hearing loss, schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional today. Also, contact your HR department at work to help in making your work environment safer by investigating ways to bring about noise reduction for all employees. Know the noise levels, use products with limited noise output, and reduce your exposure to loud sounds. Wear hearing protection whenever possible and give your ears a rest when you get the chance. Don’t forget that just because your job is typically not loud, there may be hidden noises that can rob you of your hearing ability.