If you work in a noisy environment, hearing protection is a must. Unlike other health issues, though, knowledge about hearing health is not as common, but your hearing is more delicate than you might expect. While noise levels of 70 decibels are considered safe, anything above this could damage your hearing, and noise that is higher than 85 decibels can have severe repercussions for your hearing. Because of this, you must use proper hearing protection to keep you safe.

But as not everyone is exposed to loud noises every day, it is essential to know whether you need hearing protection. Here are five examples where hearing protection is vital. 

Airport workers

Anyone who works at an airport may require hearing protection to prevent problems with their hearing health. However, this does not apply to everyone. Generally, anyone who works on the runway, such as baggage handlers, mechanics or runway control should consider hearing protection when they are working.

A typical jet plane can reach decibel levels of anywhere between 120 and 140. Because of this, you must wear ear defenders and earplugs when on the runway to maintain excellent hearing health. 

Construction contractors 

Construction sites are regularly noisy, especially with power tools and heavy machinery being used all day. Construction contractors and workers who spend all day at a loud and busy worksite must wear ear defenders to prevent severe hearing problems. You may not need to wear them all day, but if you use tools such as a jackhammer, you will need ear defenders.

There is also a general health and safety aspect to this. If your hearing is damaged due to excessive noise levels, you risk not being able to hear instructions while working which could put you and others at risk. 

Machinery operators 

Similarly, machinery operators that work in factories could also benefit from hearing protection. Many employers will require their employees to wear ear defenders regardless, so you must follow any guidelines that designate the need for ear defenders. If you work at a factory in an administrative role, such as the main office, hearing protection is not as important, although you may still need to wear them should you go to the factory floor. 

Musicians and sound engineers 

Musicians and sound engineers will also need to use ear protection before and during concerts. This allows you to protect your hearing when close to amps and instruments, such as the drum kit and allows you to hear what you are playing or adjust sound levels to ensure an enjoyable experience for the concertgoers. While ringing ears are usually a sign of needing hearing protection, you are better off avoiding this altogether by using earplugs at the very least to protect your hearing from the noise. 

Anyone regularly exposed to loud noises 

While these occupations are all examples of requiring hearing protection, it also applies to anyone who is regularly exposed to loud noises. This can include wearing earphones all day with the volume at a dangerously high level. You can speak to your audiologist to determine whether ear protection is beneficial, but you could also turn the volume down to mitigate possible problems.