THE 13 jobs most likely to leave you deaf have been revealed.
New research has revealed the loudest workplaces that put workers’ ear health at risk.
Unsurprisingly, the top contenders include emergency medical services positions. This is due to the loud sirens that are often used.
When it comes to noise levels, constant exposure to more than 70 dB (decibels) can cause hearing damage in just two hours.
And hearing sounds greater than 120 dB can cause immediate hearing problems.
To transfer this to the content: The average volume of a conversation is around 60 dB.
Experts at Boat Hearing CareThe company that conducted the data analysis found that emergency vehicle sirens had a value of 114 dB.
Compared to workers in other occupations, workers who are exposed to this exposure over a long period of time are at greatest risk of hearing damage.
Coming in second, third and fourth place were police officers, nightclub workers and arborists.
Data provided by the University of Michigan (USA) suggests that ambulance workers, farmers, electricians, iron workers, welders, gardeners and garbage men or women are next on the list.
Nick Higginson, CEO of Phoenix Health and Safety, said: “A construction site is a very noisy workplace, with all sorts of noise caused by machinery, material movement and communication between workers.”
What’s more surprising is that cleaners and hairdressers are also considered jobs that can negatively impact your hearing, ranking 12th and 13th on the list of dangerous jobs.
Nick added: “While you wouldn’t normally notice any immediate negative effects on your hearing from running a vacuum cleaner or hairdryer, over time it can take its toll and increase the risk of ear damage such as tinnitus.” “It is important to be careful when working in these professions.”
Tinnitus is the hearing of sounds that come from inside the body rather than from an external source.
If you work in any of the industries listed, there is no need to worry as there are ways to protect yourself from hearing loss.
Feraz Ashraf, audiologist at Boat Hearing Caresaid: “If you constantly work in a noisy environment and are concerned about the impact on your ear health, talk to your employer about protective equipment.
“While many of the perhaps more obvious industries, such as construction, provide their workers with hearing protection devices such as earmuffs or earplugs, some of the lesser-known professions on the list may not provide this without prompting.
“As an employer, they have a duty of care to ensure your health needs are met in the workplace, so they should take your request seriously.”
Are you worried about your hearing?
If you are concerned about hearing loss, it is best to schedule a hearing test to determine what condition your ears are in.
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According to the WHO, 1.5 billion people worldwide currently suffer from some form of hearing loss.
“Testing can determine if there is cause for concern, and experts can provide you with all the information and tools to prevent further damage and help you stay safe,” Feraz said.
Breaking down the “loudest” jobs
When it comes to noise, constantly being exposed to volumes above 70 dB is considered dangerous for your hearing.
Here are the loudest jobs and the noise level you can expect at work:
- Emergency services (average 114 dB)
- Policeman (110dB)
- Bar staff (102 dB) & arborists (102 dB)
- Construction worker (99.3 dB)
- DJ (99 dB) & workers (99 dB)
- Paramedic (97 dB)
- Farmer (96 dB) & Electrician (96 dB)
- Nightclub employee (93 dB)
- Ironworker (92 dB)
- Welder (91 dB)
- Gardener (85.3 dB)
- Binman (78 dB)
- Cleaner (75 dB) & hairdresser (75 dB)
Source: University of Michigan