Jobs are an integral part of our lives; they help us to support and provide for our families. Millions of people are exposed to dangerous levels of noise pollution in the workplace and don’t even realize it.
Working in an industry that has harmful noise levels above 80-90 decibels (dB) can increase the chances of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Overexposure to harmful noises can also increase the chances of tinnitus, which is ringing or buzzing in your ears. Tinnitus is usually accompanied by hearing loss. While there is no cure for permanent hearing loss, there are certainly ways to prevent it.
If you work in the professions found in the infographic below, consider protecting your ears, even if the damage isn’t apparent in the beginning. You can prevent hearing loss by wearing earplugs or protective earmuffs, minimizing your exposure to loud noises that are persistent and by seeing your doctor about a baseline hearing test.
Below is a compiled a list of the top ten nosiest professions.