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Hearing protection among people in the construction industry

Hearing loss amongst workers in the construction industry is quite common and preventable with proper hearing protection. It is not at all a surprise that construction industry professionals run the risk of greater hearing loss than most. When you take into consideration the amount of noise produced from machinery such as jackhammers exceeding 120 decibels, a worker can find themselves in an enivronment comparable to a rock concert. Constant exposure to loud noise without adequate hearing protection over the span of many months and years contributes to noise-induced hearing loss.

The construction industry, however, is not on its own. Hearing loss commonly associated with older people affects more than 48 million people nationwide. Half of that number is associated to construction industry professionals that are exposed to hazardous noise levels on the job according to a report created by the Occupational Saftey & Health Administration (OSHA). In this report the findings supported that 23 percent suffered hearing loss having been exposed to occupational noise at some point in their career.

Hearing loss affects people both professionally and personally. If left untreated this can reduce employee earnings by as much as $30,000 per year as nearly twice as many people with hearing loss are likely to be unemployed when compared to peers with hearing aids. A 2013 survey showed 30 percent of workers have admitted they may have a hearing problem but have not sought out any treatment.

Early symptoms of hearing loss include turning up the TV and radios to levels others consider to be much too loud. Other symptoms are having problems hearing in noisey environments or difficulty hearing on the phone.


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hearing protection article

Industrial hearing protection among people in the construction industry

Hearing loss amongst workers in the construction industry is quite common and preventable with proper hearing protection such as a DB blocker. It is not at all a surprise that construction industry professionals run the risk of greater hearing loss than most. When you take into consideration the amount of noise produced from machinery such as jackhammers exceeding 120 decibels, a worker can find themselves in an enivronment comparable to a rock concert. Constant exposure to loud noise without adequate hearing protection such as a DB blocker over the span of many months and years contributes to noise-induced hearing loss.

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