A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that workers in the mining and construction industries are most at risk for hearing loss due to hazardous noise compared to other industries.
Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise at work. Long-term exposure to hazardous noise, a single instantaneous high noise exposure or exposure to chemicals that damage hearing can cause occupational hearing loss. The study is the first to examine thirty years of hearing loss trends for male and female workers ages 18-65 by industry sector.
The mining sector has the most noise-exposed workers than any other U.S. industry. The construction sector has less strict hearing conservation requirements than most industries due to tge mobile, seasonal nature of construction work.