What are the Noisiest Occupations?

by | Jan 24, 2023 | Hearing Loss, Industry News, Patient Resources

Are you concerned about the noise levels in your job and wondering if it is causing long-term damage to your hearing? It could be, and one way to check is to use an app that tells you the decibel (dB) level in your environment.

We’ll take a look at the professions with the loudest noise levels, such as stage musicians, nightclub workers, and airport ground staff. This list should give you some perspective and help you make informed decisions.

Stage Musicians

Stage musicians, such as rock bands, are regularly subjected to high decibel levels both on and off stage during rehearsals. When they are on stage, they are exposed to noise levels of 110 decibels, primarily from monitor speakers but also from the audience.

To protect their hearing and prevent damage to the inner ear, stage musicians often wear earplugs to cancel the loudest frequencies of their performance. Noise-cancelling headphones with volume controls can also be used during rehearsals.

Nightclub Workers

The sound of a nightclub is louder than a rock concert because nightclubs are usually indoors, condensing the sound waves and resulting in higher decibel levels. Nightclubs are also typically small, putting workers at risk.

Bouncers at the door may be at risk, but bar workers are exposed to decibel levels of up to 155 decibels.

Construction Workers

Construction work is also one of the noisiest professions, with workers regularly exposed to decibel levels of 120 decibels. The danger is not only from the noise level but also from the prolonged period of exposure.

The loudest tool on a construction site has been identified as the hammer drill, which produces 120 decibels. However, it is not the only power tool in regular use on a construction site.

Formula One Drivers

Being a Formula One driver may seem like a dream job, but it also comes with the risk of permanent damage to hearing. In an F1 car, the driver is seated in a cockpit in front of the high-octane engine, which produces 135 decibels in a sustained way, very close to the driver’s ears.

Protection is necessary to avoid damage and still enjoy the hobby.

Airport Ground Staff

Topping the list of noisiest jobs is that of airport ground staff, who are regularly subjected to blasts of 140 decibels from jet aircraft taking off and landing. Although the blast is only temporary, there is a steady stream of aircraft to handle.

Due to the high noise levels and the sustained nature of the job, airport ground staff need to wear brightly coloured earmuffs. These are specially designed to cancel noise as much as possible and provide a safe working environment for staff, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

Understanding the risks associated with high noise levels in various professions is the first step toward safeguarding your hearing health. Whether you’re a stage musician, a nightclub worker, a construction worker, a Formula One driver, or an airport ground staff member, the importance of hearing protection cannot be overstated.

Regular use of noise-cancelling earmuffs or earplugs is essential, but so is monitoring your hearing health through regular hearing tests. These tests can help detect any early signs of hearing loss, allowing for timely intervention and management.

We’re committed to providing comprehensive hearing protection solutions and conducting thorough hearing assessments to ensure your ears remain as healthy as possible.

Don’t wait until it’s too late; protect your hearing today and schedule a hearing test with us to stay on top of your hearing health. Together, we can tackle the challenge of noise-induced hearing loss head-on.

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Dario Coletta

Dario Coletta M.Sc., Au.D., Reg. CASLPO Doctor of Audiology is the head Audiologist of Port Credit Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic. Dario obtained his Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University and Master of Science in Audiology from the University of British Columbia following his Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. He currently holds lecturer status at the University of Toronto in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Dario continues to work part-time at the Toronto General Hospital and has knowledge in advanced diagnostics, bespoke hearing aid fittings, and cerumen management. Dario also has a special interest in managing and counselling patients with tinnitus. He brings knowledge and efficiency in prescribing and fitting the newest hearing aid technology, and is committed to helping patients find an individualized solution for their hearing healthcare concerns.