If you’ve ever been around loud noises, you know how painful it can
be for your ears. It should come as little surprise that workers who are
around these noises every day are at a significantly higher risk of occupational
hearing loss. Even with specialized hearing protection, the risk is always
present, especially in these occupations with an extremely elevated risk.
Hearing loss is the most commonly-reported conditions in manufacturing,
making up one out of every nine recorded illness cases. Manufacturing
plants are full of loud, large, and constantly-running machinery that
can have all sorts of negative ramifications for a worker’s hearing.
Construction sites are full of all sorts of loud noises. Whether you’re
working with heavy machinery that uses huge engines to move massive objects,
or using other power tools that make an awful din while doing their job,
it’s easy to be exposed to noise levels well above 100 decibels.
Mechanics and Motorsports
If you’ve ever driven by an auto mechanic’s shop, including
a body shop, you’ve probably heard just how loud some of the tools
they use can be. Air wrenches, grinding wheels, cutters, paint guns, and
more can all be extremely loud and cause damage to a worker’s hearing.
This is extra true for mechanics in the world of motorsports, where the
vehicles themselves often have little to no noise dampening.
Airliner mechanics, inspectors, baggage handlers, traffic directors, and
many other airport staff members are exposed to the incredible noise that
jet engines make, especially in close proximity. You often see these workers
on the tarmac with massive hearing protection cups over their ears, but
even then their hearing could be at a significant risk with just how much
noise these aircraft produce.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Have you ever gone out for a night to a night club, concert, bar with live
music, or any other nightlife hotspot? Odds are you may have come home
with your ears ringing from the blasting music. Imagine having to deal
with those conditions on multiple nights every single week. Bartenders,
security guards, cleanup staff, and even technical workers in these industries
are often exposed to deafening noise levels
without hearing protection of any kind.
If you’re struggling with hearing loss due to your working conditions,
don’t hesitate to reach out to the Cobb County workers’ compensation
attorneys at Chestnut & Beller for help. Call us today at (770) 285-5542 for a
free initial consultation.