Occupational Hearing Loss
Do you work in construction, at or near an airport, or at a concert venue? You may be asking why or what they have in common. You guessed it- noise levels. Construction zones, airports and concert venues have some of the loudest working environments, which may have a severe impact on your hearing health. If you work in one of these industries, or one of the many similar industries, you may be at risk for Occupational Hearing Loss (OHL).
Did you know over 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to dangerous noise levels every year? Hazardous noise levels are considered anything over 85 decibels, or in layman's terms, any noise loud enough that makes it necessary to speak loudly or yell over. Although hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition behind hypertension and arthritis, it is also highly preventable. Simple ways you are able to protect your hearing, especially if you work in hazardous noise industries, include wearing hearing protection such as earmuffs or earplugs, limiting exposure by taking lunch breaks away from the workplace if possible and watching sound levels when listening to music, primarily through earbuds or headphones.
Some of the most common symptoms related to OHL include tinnitus (ringing of ears), difficulty hearing people when arm’s length away, headaches or migraines, or experiencing temporary hearing loss after leaving the workplace. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, we advise you to get your hearing examined and to start taking preventative measures to protect your hearing.
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