Be aware that the workplace is a huge risk for hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC), 22 million Americans are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year. This organization says that work-related hearing loss is one of the most common reasons for occupational illnesses in the U.S. Nearly one in five workers, they say, are exposed to hazardous workplace noise. Did you know that noise about 85 decibels is considered dangerous to your hearing without protection and can lead to tinnitus--ringing in the ears--and/or hearing loss?
If you are uncertain about whether or not your workplace is safe for hearing, check out the free SoundCheck app at Google Play or the App Store. Jobs like repair and maintenance, motor vehicle operations, or constructions trades are high risk for hearing loss, for example. So be sure to wear hearing protection in those instances. Work and hearing loss is common. Protect your hearing as often as you can wherever there is loud noise.
For a free hearing test, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids in any of six locations in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.