In today’s American work force, there are all sorts of dangers associated with both blue and white-collar jobs. However, physical dangers are most commonly associated with those who are in blue-collar professions. For instance, a construction worker may experience commonplace injuries such as a broken bone from a heightened fall or a pulled muscle from lifting a piece of heavy equipment. However, according to a recent CNN report, hearing loss is the most present work injury facing American employees today.
The CNN report narrates a detailed story of one ill-fated man who suffered from the effects of progressive hearing loss, eventually forcing him to retire at the age of 51. This one mans story correlates with research done by the CDD where excessive noise at the work place has increased the potential for hearing damage or loss.
The CDD conducted a study running tests on hundreds of thousands of American workers of who were employed in areas most vulnerable to damaging noise. According to the results, these employees exposed to excessive noise had increased hearing damage as to those who were employed in non-threatening to hearing places of work. The studies also showed that men were more susceptible to the hearing loss than woman were.
The good news is that with today’s technology, there are numerous tactics that can be used to prevent hearing impairment. It is suggested that those who work in potentially vulnerable work places, look for different areas of employment. However, the most unfortunate part of hearing loss is that once there is damage done, there is no way to fully restore the hearing. There are some techniques used to attempt to restore hearing but are not one hundred percent effective.
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