You hear different kinds of sounds and noise. In some places, residents even hear strange noises coming from the sky. In your job, noise levels can get so high that you damage your hearing. In certain fields, high noise levels are already expected. Here are some of the jobs that can damage your hearing in the long run:
1. Working in a bottle plant.
Humming along at an average of 88 decibels, the clinking of glass after glass makes this a dangerous job for your ears. This exceeds the government-set safe levels, so make sure to wear some ear protection.
2. Motorcycle courier.
This job exposes your ears to 90 decibels of noise, even under the helmet. This can be very dangerous, especially if you are riding over open country. Doing this for a straight 2.5 to 3 hours at a time can permanently damage your hearing.
Even dentists need dental hearing protection to protect the ear from high-frequency noises produced by dental equipment.
4. Offshore helicopter pilot.
Pilots have hearing protection at all times—because they deal with up to about 97 decibels. The ears would not last more than half an hour without ear protection.
Operating a lawnmower can cause accidents—and damage to your ears. A lawnmower clocks in at 107 decibels, limiting you to a 4-minute exposure time before your ears hurt.
6. Airport ground staff.
This job is completely impossible without hearing protection. At a hundred feet away, a jet engine still pumps out 140 decibels of sound. This can very quickly reduce your hearing capacity, so make sure to follow proper safety regulations.
7. Shooting range marshals.
People working here deal with gunshots as loud as jet engines (only in shorter bursts) all day long. Most people who work here can only survive by wearing custom-molded ear plugs, or heavy-duty on-ear protectors.
The importance of wearing hearing protection increases as the decibel levels you deal with increase. Protect your ears to do your job properly.