Nashville, TN (PRWEB) October 06, 2015
Hearing loss impacts every age group and has two main causes: old age and exposure to loud noise. It’s the exposure to loud noise that can be avoided, and using hearing protection can help prevent or reduce hearing loss later in life.
Exposure to loud noise comes from several sources, and music has lately been spotlighted as a leading contributor to hearing loss—especially among young adults who frequently listen to loud music through earphones. But loud music is not the only cause, and may not even be the most detrimental one, as statistics show that occupational hearing loss is a major issue that should be receiving more attention.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), roughly 22 million US workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise and 242 million dollars is spent every year on worker’s compensation claims for hearing loss.
According to Audiology Associates & Hearing Aids Today, the risk of developing hearing loss later in life is reliant on the profession, and it has been found that employees in jobs with louder environmental sounds have a significantly higher risk of developing hearing loss.
For example, in a study carried out by Audicus, it was found that the incidence rate of hearing loss at age 50 among workers with no noise exposure above 90 decibels (anything above 85-90 is considered dangerous) is 9 percent. In comparison, in manufacturing, which exposes workers to decibel levels of 105 , the incidence rate of hearing loss at age 50 is 30 percent. In construction, where decibel levels reach 120, the incidence rate of hearing loss at age 50 leaps to 60 percent.
The rates of hearing loss increase as the decibel levels increase, and loud occupations like manufacturing, construction, and farming place its employees at immense risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss.
According to Audiology Associates & Hearing Aids Today, it is essential that employees inquire about their organization’s hearing loss protection plan and that they follow the guidelines. And if an employer does not have a program in place, Audiology Associates & Hearing Aids Today encourages people to contact their local hearing specialist for customized hearing protection solutions. Hearing professionals can create individualized plans, which include the use of high-quality custom-fit earplugs that can block out sound while preserving the quality of sound.
Read the full article here: The Surprising Statistics Behind Occupational Hearing Loss.
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Audiology Associates & Hearing Aids Today is a full-service audiology practice located in Nashville, Tennessee. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and compassionate staff, the practice offers comprehensive services including hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, custom hearing aid fittings, hearing aid cleanings, rehabilitative counseling, preventive care advice, and service and repair for most hearing aid models.
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