How likely are you to experience hearing loss because of your job? You may think you’re safe if your job doesn’t involve operating noisy machinery, but hearing loss can occur whenever you’re regularly exposed to sounds of 85 decibels (dB) or louder. That means in addition to employees you’d expect to be at risk of hearing loss — such as miners, construction and factory workers — landscapers, truck drivers, police officers and even school teachers can also be at risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). In fact, NIHL is the most common type of work-related injury in the U.S., affecting 22 million workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hearing loss is more common than diabetes and cancer, and far more preventable than either ailment. High-risk occupations include mining, construction, factory work, and law enforcement.
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