04 January 2022

Your work can harm your hearing

Certain types of work increase the risk of hearing loss and tinnitus.

Risk industries

A study has found that people experience more hearing difficulties or tinnitus when working in the agricultural industry, the construction industry and the music industry. The study found that occupational noise exposure in the agricultural industry and in the construction industry results in high levels of hearing difficulties.

Service sector

Another study found that there is a higher prevalence of hearing loss among workers in many sub-sectors within the US service sector. In most of the service sub-sectors in the US, the estimated prevalence of hearing loss ranged from 11% to 20%, according to the study. But in some sub-sectors within the US service sector, the prevalence of hearing loss is much higher.

Live-music sound engineers

Live-music sound engineers often experience hearing problems and tinnitus. A study has found that among live music sound engineers, hearing thresholds were poor across several frequencies. A substantial number of the live music sound engineers reported constant tinnitus (30%) and reduced sound tolerance (41%). In the study, 74% of participants said that their hearing was very much at risk in the industry.

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Noisy shift work

Noisy shift work also increases the risk of hearing loss. A Chinese study has found that shift work in combination with occupational noise exposure increases the risk of hearing loss. In the study, the prevalence of hearing loss was highest among individuals with the longest shift work and longest noise exposure.

Read more:
Working in certain industries can harm your hearing

High prevalence and risk of hearing loss in some service sectors

Live-music sound engineers risk their hearing

Noisy shift work increases the risk of hearing loss
 

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