The ten jobs most likely to cause hearing loss


If you are exposed to excessive levels of noise at work or elsewhere for prolonged periods then you run the risk of sustaining noise induced hearing loss or tinnitus.

If noise levels are above 85dB for prolonged periods then UK employers have a legal duty to ensure that their staff wear hearing protection.

Health website recently published a list of the ten worst jobs for exposure to noise. In reverse order these are:-

  1. Hairdressers. Where hairdressers are working in salons with a large number of hairdryers being used at the same time, the noise levels can reach as high as 85 dB.
  1. Nursery school teachers. It is reported that noise levels in a class full of toddlers may reach as high as 85 dB when all of the crying, shouting, screaming, singing etc that small children will carry out is taken together.
  1. Motorcycle couriers. A combination of noise from the motorbikes themselves and wind noise can produce noise levels as high as 103 dB.
  1. Gardeners. Gardening equipment such as lawnmowers and strimmers can generate noise levels of up to 107 dB.
  1. Musicians, DJs, sound crew or nightclub staff. Staff working within the nightclub and music entertainment industries are exposed to high levels of noise from music over an extended period of time.  In music venues levels of noise can reach as high as 115 dB.
  1. Carpenters. Workers carrying out woodworking tasks frequently use electric saws and other machinery which can produce sound levels in excess of 120 dB.
  1. Construction industry workers. Builders and other construction workers will often be exposed to very noisy machinery and may use noisy tools themselves.  Equipment such as jack hammers can create noise levels as high as 130 dB.
  1. Miners. Miners frequently use powered tools or are working with noisy machinery underground.  Noise levels can reach as high as 135 dB.
  1. Formula One drivers. Formula One drivers wear the correct hearing protection to prevent them from sustaining noise induced hearing loss.  This is essential because noise levels in the cockpit of a Formula One car can reach up to 135 dB. Without hearing protection, Formula One drivers would be at very high risk of developing noise induced hearing loss.
  1. Airport ground control staff.  Noise levels from aeroplanes landing and taking off at airports can be incredibly high, as much as 140 dB.  Employees who work airside at airports can therefore be at the highest risk of noise induced hearing loss of any type of job, if they do not use proper hearing protection.

If you have worked in any of the top ten noisy jobs or in any other noisy forms of employment and you have sustained hearing loss or tinnitus then you may be able to bring a no win no fee claim for hearing loss compensation.  Our expert hearing loss solicitors will be able to assist and advise you.

What’s My Deafness Claim Worth has extensive experience in dealing with people suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus. We have a specialist team of solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist, who will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer an unparalleled support network and specialist legal expertise. If you have suffered a personal injury, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.If you are suffering from loss of hearing, buzzing or ringing in your ears, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

If you have been affected by hearing loss or exposure to noisy working environments you should not hesitate to contact us or to try our ‘Calculate my Claim’ feature on the right hand side of this page to see what your claim may be worth. We understand that the symptoms that you are suffering from can have serious consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account any time you have had to take off work, any treatment you have had to pay for including the cost of hearing aids and any other losses that you may have incurred.

All claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis.

Call 0800 849 8700 to speak to a member of our specialist team of Industrial Disease lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.

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