The everyday tools used like a jackhammer or power drill has decibel levels ranging from 90 to 130 dB. Any noise level over 85dB has the power to damage, so construction workers are at risk of hearing loss every day. Working outside can help lessen the possible damage from loud tools and machinery but hearing protection such as ear plugs, or earmuffs are a necessity on the construction site.
Factory workers constantly complain of extreme amounts of noise from the loud machinery to the huge fans continuously running throughout the day. Due to the dangerous noise levels, workers should not only wear ear plugs but silencer equipment and enclosures around loud machinery will assist to reduce the noise levels present.
Dentists who do a lot of drilling run the risk of having high-frequency hearing loss. The drill sound is intense, and they’re very close to it as they work on their patients. Both dentists and their assistants should wear hearing protection during procedures requiring drilling. It could be a good idea as the patient too.
Did you know that the most common military service-related injury is hearing loss and tinnitus? The military has been working on implementing hearing conservation programs for decades to help the over 60% of veterans that come home with some level of hearing loss. Damage to your hearing can be caused by sudden loud noises like loud explosions, the roar of airplane or ship engines, or even gunfire.
Airport worker’s hearing are always at risk as they are constantly exposed to loud machinery including engines, generators, and compressors. Did you know a jet plane taking off’s sound levels reach over 140 dB? That is why tarmac workers especially should wear ear plugs or earmuffs to protect their hearing.
If you are playing music or work in the music industry where you are involved in music production or live shows, you should wear hearing protection. Drum’s sound levels easily reach over 100 dB, meaning only listening to them for a few minutes without hearing protection can cause damage to your hearing. Ear plugs or earmuffs are a must when it comes to listening to live music, but if you are listening to music on your phone or laptop, noise cancelling headphones will help you listen to music at safe levels.