Top 9 Noisiest Jobs
Everyone has to earn a living and most people work very hard to earn their daily bread. But in your efforts to provide for yourself and your family, you may be exposing yourself to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
Let’s face it, some jobs are just loud and if you don’t wear hearing protection, you might not notice that your hearing is declining over a longer period of time.
Most people don’t get help for hearing loss for up to 10 years. By the time you do notice something’s not right with your hearing, you may find that you’re missing big chunks of conversations.
You might even be avoiding social situations altogether because of the huge effort and strain it takes just to follow a conversation.
Exposure to loud noise over time
Prolonged exposure to higher than acceptable noise levels can damage your hearing. Any prolonged noise exposure above 80-90 decibels (dB) can cause hearing damage.
A normal conversation usually takes place at about 60-65dB and a whisper is about 30dB.
List of the noisiest jobs
The infographic to the right shows the some of the loudest jobs and some of these careers may surprise you.
Exposure to loud noise can also result in tinnitus, which is characterized by ringing, buzzing, hissing, and even more noises, in your ears.
Although hearing loss and tinnitus don’t always appear together, tinnitus is usually accompanied by hearing loss.
There’s no cure for permanent hearing loss, so it’s recommended that you wear hearing protection to prevent it. Usually the treatment for permanent hearing loss is hearing aids.
What you can do?
Your local Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist can provide you with custom earplugs. But if you suspect that you’re not hearing like you used to, it’s best to get yourself a hearing test.
Hearing loss treatment for NIHL not only helps you hear better, but may prevent brain atrophy and by extension cognitive decline.