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December 07, 2012

22 million US-workers exposed to hazardous noise

Higher risk of hearing loss in workers in mining, manufacturing and construction, a US study finds.

22 million US-workers exposed to hazardous noise

An American study has found that workers employed in mining, wood product manufacturing, construction of buildings and real estate and rental and leasing have a higher risk of hearing loss than those in other industries.

The study concluded that workers in mining, manufacturing and construction need better engineering controls for noise, stronger hearing conservation strategies and that more hearing loss research is also needed within traditional "low-risk" industries like real estate.

Hazardous noise

In the study, audiograms from the years 2000-2008 were examined for male and female workers ages 18-65, who had been exposed to higher occupational noise than the general population. Prevalence of hearing loss was estimated and compared across industries.

The researchers behind the study say that as many as 22 million workers in the United States are exposed to hazardous noise through their work.

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