As many as 24% of construction workers aged 21 or younger reported not wearing hearing protection. A rate which is about twice as high compared to other construction worker age groups. Among workers over the age of 50, 13% reported not using hearing protection and in all other age groups, the rate was 11%.
In addition, the study shows that young workers in construction are less likely to wear hearing protection as compared to young workers in other industries, such as manufacturing and primary resources.
About noise-induced hearing loss
Noise-induced hearing loss occurs when the hair cells in the inner ear have been damaged by the exposure to noise and this may be caused when the use of hearing protection in noisy working places is not observed. Noise-induced hearing loss is a permanent kind of hearing loss and if not treated it may have debilitating effects on the persons concerned.
Since 2006 there have been more than 37,000 accepted claims for noise-induced hearing loss in British Columbia, Canada, where the study was conducted.
About the study
The study was carried out by WorkSafeBC, an agency that promotes safe and healthy workplaces in British Columbia, Canada. The data used in the study was collected in 2016 from more than 160,000 hearing tests conducted by employers as part of mandatory hearing loss prevention programs.