The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH studied U.S. workers and collected data from 1997 through 2004. Their analysis shows that more than 22 million workers were exposed to hazardous noise. Of those 22 million, 7 million do not use any kind of hearing protection. They also found that over 12 million workers report that they have some hearing problems; and of those, over 3 million have occupation hearing loss.A higher prevalence of hearing problems were reported in several industries. These include:Mining – This industry reports the highest incidence of noise exposure to workers. Nearly 3/4 of mining workers are exposed to excessive noise. Although most workers reported using hearing protection, the reported hearing difficulties would suggest that more protection is desired.
Manufacturing – Over 1/3 of manufacturing workers reported exposure to noise. Only 1/4 of manufacturing workers reported using aural plus cijena. However, many manufacturing industries do not have a noise problem. Metal, furniture, lumber, and wood manufacturing reported the most cases of hearing difficulty.Construction – About 4.5 million construction workers reported noise exposure. Only 2/3 of those workers used noise protection.Transportation – Almost 1/3 of transportation workers are exposed to loud noises, particularly the railroad industry. Over 30% of these workers reported that they did not use hear hearing protection.Agriculture – Forty-three percent of workers in agriculture, forestry, and fishing had a high exposure to noise.
And 1/4 of these workers did not use ear protection. The noise in this industry is likely to come from mechanized equipment.Repair and maintenance service – Almost half of the workers in repair and maintenance reported exposure to loud noise, and 40% of them reported that they did not use hearing protection. Mechanics often use pneumatic tools, which are very noisy. Also, because hearing and detecting unusual noises is part of the repair person’s job, they often do not use hearing protection devices.All workers who are exposed to high levels of noise can benefit from the use of hearing protection devices. However, many workers are not using these devices, which further their risk of hearing loss.