Question: I am concerned about loud noise damaging my hearing at work. Should I be?
Answer: While aging is often the cause of hearing loss, loud noise exposure is another common reason for concern. Though common, noise induced hearing loss is one of the most preventable. By taking precautions, you can ensure your hearing is protected and avoid a lifetime of disability from hearing loss.
Four high risk occupations requiring hearing protection are:
- Airport employees who are often on the runway
- Factory engineers who work in the manufacturing parts
- Construction workers near loud machinery
- Musicians playing near speakers or wearing personal earphones with increased volume
Assess your work environment to determine if it is impacted by loud noise levels. If you are unsure whether hearing protection is needed, it is always better to use precaution.