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Are you losing your hearing because of your job?

If you have noticed that you cannot hear as well as you used to, your job could be the cause. The Hearing Health Foundation reports that the Centers for Disease Control attributes 24% of U.S. hearing loss to workplace exposure to excessive noise levels. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics adds that more than 20,000 on-the-job hearing loss incidents occur each year, many of which result in the worker suffering permanent hearing loss.

Further statistics come from the U.S. Department of Labor. It reports that upwards of 22 million American workers are subjected to hazardous workplace noise levels every year. You face an especially high risk if you work in one of the following industries:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining

NIOSH vs. OSHA

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends that your employer not expose you to a decibel level of over 85 during your eight-hour shift. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, however, increases this to 90 dBA for construction workers. This means that if you work construction, the noise you constantly hear could be the same as a motorcycle or power mower. Eventually your hearing is bound to suffer.

Hearing loss symptoms

If you find yourself continually turning up the TV and/or struggling to understand what people are saying when they speak to you, these are classic symptoms of hearing loss. People normally speak at a level of about 70 decibels. Even when they shout, their decibel level rarely goes above 88. This puts you in a compromised situation, especially when you work outdoors or in an office with an open floor plan. You then face the dilemma of trying to separate voices from the ambient excessive background noise.

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