An often serious issue that is overlooked regarding hearing loss for those in their 20s-60s is workplace-related hearing loss. An estimated 24% of reported hearing loss in the US has been directly attributed to workplace noise exposure. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that workers are not exposed to noise more than 85 decibels (dBA) over 8 continuous hours (the hours in a typical workday.) For reference, normal conversation is 60 dBA; 85 dBA is the sound of a gas-powered lawnmower. This means that those in industries like construction, military, transportation, mining, entertainment, and even fields like hair styling (due to hair dryers) are more likely to suffer from workplace hearing loss.
There are some preventative steps you can take if you work in one of these industries. Here are our tips:
Wear hearing protection. If your workplace does not provide you with hearing protection, contact us. We provide many types and can work with you to find the best solution.
Disclose and be honest about your disability or concerns. If you already suffer from hearing loss, have begun to experience it, or are experiencing side effects of loud noise exposure (i.e. ringing in your ears), be sure to disclose this to your management so appropriate steps can be taken to accommodate you at work.
Seek treatment. If you believe you are experiencing workplace hearing loss, sign up for a complimentary consultation with us or your hearing health provider and get help sooner rather than later. Hearing loss related to loud noise exposure is permanent.