How Noisy Is Your Work

Jun, 14, 2019

According to the National Institute of Health, America, extended exposure to noise (about 85 dB) can cause hearing loss. Many industries use loud and noisy machinery on a day-to-day basis. While some machinery may not seem very loud when you're using it, prolonged exposure can cause hearing damage.

Our list of noisy professions

We have compiled a list of professions where noise exposure is most prevelent.

Airport ground staff

Airport ground staff can be subject to extremely loud noises from jet engines exceeding 120 dB on a regular basis. This kind of exposure can cause severe damage to your hearing. Hearing protection should be worn at all times.


This may come as a surprise, but although a salon is often a noisy and busy environment, many assumed that the noise level are not dangerous. However, some hair dryers can make sounds of between 80 - 90 dB, exceeding the safe noise limit.


Gardening is often thought of as a relaxing pastime, however, it also requires frequent use of loud machines. Blowers, mowers, hedge trimmers, lawn tractors all have decibel ratings above 85 dB, meaning they pose a real hearing health risk. To reduce your exposure to noise, we recommend always using earmuffs or earplugs, even if the machines don't seem very loud.


Many farmers spend time around loud machinery for prolonged periods of time. We recommended that farmers look after their hearing by investing in a good pair of earmuffs when working with loud machinery.

Construction workers

A construction site can be an extremely busy, and noisy place. Jackhammers for instance are a whopping 130dB! Construction workers should always wear earmuffs whenever operating loud machinery. They should also avoid taking their rest time in loud areas.


Did you know that drummers are exposed to volumes that can exceed 120dB? If you're a drummer, we strongly recommend investing in a quality pair of earplugs. Not only will this protect your hearing, but it will also allow you to enjoy the nuances of your musical sound in a much safer and more detailed way.
Any doubt? Ask our specialists. Find your nearest clinic

If you are in a career or previously been in a career where you've been exposed to loud noise, we recommend having your hearing tested at your local clinic. Search for a clinic near you today.

To find out more about your hearing health, book a free hearing test.

National Hearing Care blog is our place to explore ideas and themes of interest. For professional audiology advice, please contact your local clinic for a consultation.

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