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What Jobs Require Hearing Protection?

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When people tend to need to start seeing a hearing health professional for hearing loss or damage, it is usually something that is attributed to their lifestyle or their working environment. Being exposed to loud noises over a period of time can have more of an impact on our hearing than we might think, and in many cases, we may not realize just how delicate our ears are. To avoid hearing loss in your working environment, then you should have access to hearing protection, by law. If there is hearing protection in place, then it will help to reduce the exposure to loud noises and reduce your risk of experiencing hearing loss.

So, what jobs exist that might damage your ears?

Musicians

If you are a musician or around music a lot, such as a music producer or composer, then you need to learn to get the balance right with hearing protection. You will want to hear what you are playing or listening to, but not damaging your hearing at the same time. The main problems can come from being in a studio and listening to music loudly on headphones, or if you are in a large venue like a stadium, with music being played very loudly. When it comes to the latter, having hearing protection can help to reduce the risk of causing damage to your ears. That is why it is a good idea to speak to a hearing health professional about the kind of ear protection that would be best when you are performing. 

Factory engineers

Factories are busy places and they are full of a lot of noisy machinery. If you work in a factory then you should get adequate hearing protection from your employer, but it is important to consider the areas where it is best to use hearing protection. Not all areas will need you to wear it, but when you are by loud machines, especially for a long period of time, then it is a must. 

Airport employees

If you work at an airport, especially if you work closely to the planes, then you will need to protect your hearing. Planes make some very loud noises, and being exposed to that all day, day after day, could cause damage to your hearing if you’re not protecting yourself. This is especially relevant to people who work in loading and unloading baggage on planes, engineers, plane mechanics, and those that refuel or de-ice planes. 

Construction

Construction sites can be very noisy places, with a range of machinery that can be very noisy. Large drills to break up concrete, for example, can reach a very high level of noise. When you’re close to this kind of noise each day, it can play a part in how much hearing loss you may experience.

As you can see, these job roles are all quite different, but they still come with the same exposure to loud noises that could end up resulting in hearing loss. That is why keeping yourself protected is a must, to do what you can to look after your hearing.


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