Is it hard to hear at your job? Do you have a hard time hearing after you leave work? If you think you might be dealing with hearing loss, maybe the reason you are experiencing problems is the high levels of noise at your job. The CDC lists occupational hearing loss as one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. In fact, about 22 million Americans hear dangerous noise levels on a daily basis while at work. It is estimated that $242 million is spent each year on worker’s compensation for hearing loss. Of course, instead of relying on compensation, it would be better to not have hearing loss in the first place. So how does your occupation stack up?
The Top 8 Noisiest Professions
- Airport Ground Crew
- Race car Drivers
- Nightclub Workers
- Farmers who work with loud equipment
- Factory employees
- Nursery School Teachers
It is also worth noting that while not officially part of your job, many people who listen to music on their earphones while commuting to work can inadvertently create a noise-induced hearing problem simply by turning up the volume too loud.
How Dangerous is a Noisy Work Environment for Your Hearing?
When it comes to your hearing, loud noises can cause hearing loss that can be permanent if left untreated. However, in addition to hearing loss, loud “noise pollution” has been documented as a cause for a wide variety of ailments such as:
- Increased stress levels
- Tinnitus (ringing of the ears)
- Hearing loss
Attention: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is Preventable
Noise-induced hearing loss can be serious and permanent if left untreated. Remember, even if your profession is not on this list and you do in fact work on a noisy environment, you still may be susceptible to noise induced hearing loss. The good news is that it can be prevented. You can take steps to ensure that this won’t happen to you. Remember, OSHA has sound guidelines designed to protect workers. If you have concerns, don’t be afraid to speak to your human resources department.
If you are concerned that your job could be costing you your hearing, schedule an appointment with one of the experienced hearing care professionals at our office in Vancouver, Washington. Don’t forget to ask us about custom hearing protectors. Contact us at Audiology Clinic today and make an appointment.