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Professions that are particularly at risk of noise

Do you already know the loudest professions? There are professions that can increase the risk of hearing loss. From the age of 50 onwards, every third person in Germany is already at risk of hearing loss. The problems with hearing are often closely related to the professional environment. Typical examples are:

  • Bartender in the nightclub
  • Dentist
  • Aircraft Handling Staff

In these professions, you are exposed to increased noise pollution. However, the list of such typical professions is much longer when it comes to sound exposure. Noise loss is much more widespread than you think.

In Germany, noise loss is one of the leading occupational diseases in the world. Did you know that? You should not underestimate this occupational disease. Compensation benefits of approximately 35 million euros are paid each year. These payments go to people who are harmed in the workplace by the environment.


What is behind the noise pollution?

It may not always be obvious to you which professions are particularly affected by noise. Would you have expected dentists and employees in dental practices to do so often? The sound load there is increased. Imagine the noisy sounds of drills and suction devices. Their values are 80 dB and even higher. The distance to the noise sources is very small in these professions. Throughout the day, the load is constantly equally loud. This will cause permanent damage.

A similar example is employees of breweries. They also belong to the typical hazard group. The same applies to airport staff. These employees are also exposed to a very high level of exposure to noise. That's why hearing protection is so important. Can you imagine that employees in car production, road construction workers and workers in steel mills are also extremely affected? In all these places the hearing is very strongly stressed. In these areas it is therefore mandatory to wear noise protection. The same applies to the timber industry.


Hearing impairment in the area of nightclubs and music clubs

People who work in a nightclub or at concerts or other music events are often not so well protected against noise. Unfortunately, only little attention is paid to the safety of employees in these areas. In most cases, ownership is not very high. Have you ever seen a bartender wearing hearing protection? The volume in a typical music club can be up to 110 dB and more. The upper release value is 85 dB with a permanent load. According to the regulation, such noise areas should actually be marked. The employer is responsible for this. This in turn means that hearing protection must be worn in such areas. 

There are special earplugs that are suitable for music enjoyment. Certain frequencies are then filtered out by these, without interfering with the communication.

 Are you a musician or do you like to go to concerts? In this case, too, you should definitely think of hearing protection. Very often the music is consumed via mobile and portable playback devices. You should also see this as a threat to your ears.


Professional musicians belong to the typical hazard group

Professional musicians are also affected. Studies show that the listening capacity of almost every third musician in an orchestra decreases in the course of his professional life and he loses it completely at worst. But a musician depends on his good hearing. Sometimes the noise loads are as strong as in a circular saw. Nevertheless, professional musicians do not wear appropriate hearing protection. 

Do you know that even educational professions are burdened? The noise level at day care centres and schools is enormously increased. And even if the source is something enjoyable for an orchestra musician, the volume is still too high.

It is therefore important for you to check your everyday life for possible noise pollution and noise sources. Too much noise in your everyday life means a negative effect on your health. Especially your nervous system is affected. But your cardiovascular system is also damaging. Your immune system may become more susceptible to disease. You can't really recover, you react nervously and irritated.


The typical noise-prone professions

In the first place are 140 dB employees in the Field of aircraft handling. The ground staff at the airport reach sad peaks. Especially loud it is on the wheelfield where the planes take off and land. The machines are above average loud.

Also Road construction worker are exposed on average to a noise level of 120 dB. A typical example of this is the compressed air hammer and similar equipment on the construction site. Average values of 120 dB are quite normal on construction sites. Therefore, work must not be done there without hearing protection.

the Barkeeper is third with 110 dB. The sound at the workplace often takes place for hours at 110 dB or more. It is therefore essential to consider adequate protection. Guests should also protect themselves accordingly.

Employees in farms as well as factory workers are exposed to an average of 105 dB in everyday life. Wherever large machines cause strong noise, 105 dB and even more are not uncommon.

One Brewery employee must deal with an average noise level of 100 dB every day. The brewing machines are very loud. Therefore, brewery employees often suffer from hearing loss, often they also have a tinnitus.

Orchestra musician are exposed to an average noise exposure of 95 dB. Although music is usually perceived as relaxing and pleasant, a certain volume is damaging in the long run. You should also avoid listening to too loud music over the headphones, because that can be very damaging to your hearing.

Dentists and employees in dentists must withstand a noise backdrop of 90 dB and more. This is unpleasant not only for the patients, but for everyone involved. In the long run, this also leaves its mark. The devices produce loud noises and correct noise. This can lead to a massive impairment of hearing ability.

People working in educational professions are sometimes exposed to a noise level of 85 dB every day at work. This intensity should not be underestimated.

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