#HearingFactFriday: Occupational Hearing Loss

It's a loud, loud, loud, loud world! And for everyone who works at sports venues, on a construction site, in a restaurant or a hospital nursery, we say wear hearing protection!  

A study published by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine reports that hearing loss is prevalent in a majority of U.S. workers who work in environments with hazardous noises. The study, which uses data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, also sheds light on prevalence estimates for tinnitus by U.S. industry sector and occupation. 

In 2014, Medical Daily posted an article listing eight jobs that can expose a person to damaging sounds and result in hearing loss without proper hearing protection. The article listed the below in connection with occupational hearing loss:

  • Carpenter
  • Ambulance Driver or EMT
  • Lumberman or Logger
  • Musician (especially those in rock and heavy metal music)
  • Air Traffic Controller 
  • Garbage Man
  • Construction Worker
  • Landscaper 

Click here for other tips you can follow to protect your hearing on the job and to see if there's damaging noise where you work.


By Starkey Hearing