I was reading an article about loud jobs at msn.careerbuilder.com
A loud work environment isn't just annoying and stressful, it can have long-term consequences on you.
Around 30 million Americans are exposed to hazardous noise on the job, and up to 60 percent of workers in certain fields experience hearing loss by age 50.
Here are some high-risk occupations:
1. Agriculture: Tractors, forage harvesters, silage blowers, chain saws, skid-steer loaders, grain dryers and squealing pigs can make farm life noisy. Add the risk that farmers have been exposed to these sounds since childhood.
2. Construction/carpentry: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average 25-year-old carpenter has the ears of a 50-year-old. Wearing hearing protectors on a more regular basis is key. Fewer than 20 percent of carpenters report using them "most of the time" when working in loud conditions. Other construction employees at risk include laborers, operators, ironworkers and sheet-metal workers. Hammer drills top the list of noise-makers, followed by chain saws, chop saws, miter saws and impact wrenches.
3. Firefighting: If you think a firefighter siren is loud as it passes your house, imagine the firefighters in the truck. Exposure to air horns, power tools and high-intensity water pumps adds to the potential for hearing problems.
4. Manufacturing: Manufacturing is one of the largest fields in the U.S. and one of the noisiest. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational hearing loss is the most common occupational illness in manufacturing, making up for one in nine illnesses. This includes food processing plants to textile industries. High levels are common in metal fabrication plants and other facilities where metal-on-metal impact happens.
5. Military: The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that almost 10 percent of all disabilities among veterans get disability compensation were problems that included hearing loss and ringing in the ears. Also, a study by the Deafness Research Foundation showed that more than 65 percent of combat troops returning from Afghanistan suffer from noise-induced hearing loss or "sustained acoustic trauma". Sources of noise include weapons like handguns, rifles, artillery pieces and rockets; wheeled and tracked vehicles; aircraft; ships; and communication devices.
6. Mining: According to the CDC, 76 percent of mine workers are exposed to hazardous noise, the highest for all major industries. Also, one out of every four mine workers has a severe hearing problem. Four out of five have a hearing impairment by the time they reach retirement age.
7. Plumbing: According to the CDC, 48 percent of plumbers report having hearing loss. Plumbers work with and around loud equipment like power saws, drills, nail guns and hammers.