10 Jobs That Create Hearing Loss

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By Ann Sullivan

Hearing is one of our most precious gifts. Continuous noise can damage the microscopic hairs in the inner ear and impair our ability to hear clearly, or cause permanent hearing damage or loss. It’s important to get your hearing tested on a regular basis. It is further recommended that workers in noisy industries use protective gear. Noise is measured in decibels (Db). This number can determine if you’re being exposed to levels that can damage your hearing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines unsafe noise levels as starting at approximately 75-85 decibels. There are preventative measures that can be followed. Here are the top 10 jobs that create hearing loss.

1) Entertainer

You don’t have to be a musician to receive the ill effects of loud music. Bartenders, waitresses, doormen, security and audiences who are in clubs and concert venues are exposed high and constant levels of sound that can be quite damaging. Most concert speakers are between 110 and 140Db. Continuous exposure can result in hearing loss. This loss is usually gradual, but if not prevented or treated, could result in eventual permanent hearing loss. It’s recommended, for spectators, to wear ear plugs. For musicians, there are special protective headsets that will block out background noise. They’re expensive, but worth the cost and should be considered part of all the other gear musicians need to buy and maintain in order to work their livelihood. Many famous musicians have reported some level of damage to their hearing. Famous or not, protect your ears!

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