28 Jan Is your job hard… on the ears?? The top 5 jobs linked with hearing loss
Over the next 5 days, we will be looking at a new career each day that is well known to be hazardous for the ears. Noise exposure can cause significant hearing loss to people of all ages, and the nature of certain jobs can result in a sufficient amount of noise exposure each day that can cause noise induced hearing loss over time. If you work in one of the fields highlighted in this series, or you are exposed to noise at work, it is very important to have your hearing tested regularly and work with your audiologist to determine the need for hearing protection.
Almost all tools used by individuals in these industries have been documented to have excessively high (and dangerous) noise levels. Even if they are only on for 30 seconds, many of these tools are loud enough to still cause damage in their brief usage. For example, the hammer drill tool registers at 115 decibels, which is loud enough to cause damage in seconds.
If you work with power tools regularly, it is important to both monitor your hearing and protect your hearing.