Approximately 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job. Up to 60 percent of workers in certain fields experience hearing loss by age 50.
According to the National Institute of Health, sounds below 75 decibels are considered safe. Prolonged exposure to sounds greater than 85 decibels will result in hearing loss over time. Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable. If you work in a noisy profession, you should take steps to protect your hearing.
#10 Hairdresser – The noise from a number of hairdryers being used at the same time often reaches 85 decibels which, while is on the lower end of the scale, can still contribute to gradual hearing loss over time.
#9 Preschool Teacher/Daycare Worker – With all the temper tantrums, screaming, crying, shouting and singing that comes along with a class of young children, noise levels can easily reach 85 decibels.
#8 Courier – If you deliver pizzas or parcels via motorbike, your ears could be in trouble. Motorbike noise coupled with "wind noise" can produce 103 decibels of sound.
#7 Gardener – Have you ever worn ear plugs while cutting the grass? If not, you should consider doing so. Weed eaters and lawn mowers can generate up to 107 decibels.
#6 Musician/Entertainment Venue Staff – For most bartenders, doormen, DJ's and other nightclub staff, noise level is usually above 115 decibels. This prolonged exposure can cause serious damage to their hearing. Phil Collins and Chris Martin from Coldplay are amongst a number of high-profile musicians that have suffered significant damage to their hearing as a result of their successful careers in the music industry.
#5 Carpenter – The noise from a rotary hammer can measure up to 120 decibels.
#4 Builder – According to The American Speech Language Hearing Association, a jack hammer measures on the higher end of the decibel scale at a whopping 130 decibels.
#3 Miner – According to a study conducted by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 40% of staff working in coal mines were exposed to noises above 90 decibels on a regular basis. Noise levels can actually get as high as 135 decibels.
#2 Race Car Driver – Just watching on TV can be deafening! Race car drivers are equipped with protective gear to guard their hearing against up to 135 decibels of noise.
#1 Airport ground control staff – It is quite possibly the worst job for your ears. The noise from planes landing and taking off can measure up to a whopping 140 decibels.