If you work in construction, an industrial setting, the music industry, at an airport, or in a restaurant or sporting venue (to name a few), today’s Hearing Fact Friday probably doesn’t surprise you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 22 million of us are exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job — making hearing loss the most common work-related injury.
Interestingly enough, workers who suffer the most from hearing loss work in jobs with moderate noise levels, not high. Why? Because they’re less likely to wear hearing protection than those who work in high-noise environments.
If the noise levels at your work consistently exceed 85 dB, you should always wear hearing protection. Our SoundCheck app for iPhone and Android lets you quickly measure the decibel level in any environment you find yourself. Download it on iTunes or Google Play.
And if you think you have work-related hearing loss, a visit to a local hearing professional is well advised. Find one here.