Many individuals work 40 hours a week and many work in conditions with loud noise exposure. Workers that are exposed to more than 90 decibels for more than 8 hours a day significantly increase their risk to hearing impairment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set the workplace noise norm to be at 85 dB. Workers exposed to 90 dB during a day’s work increases their risk of being in a work related accident than those working in the same environment with less noise. Even outside of the workplace, the chances of being in a car accident increases when there is hearing loss from prolonged loud noise exposure. Jobs with loud noise exposure include construction, lawn mowing, welders, garage mechanics, and dentists.
Noise in the workplace may affect quality of sleep. Workers with hearing loss tend to be older individuals with long durations of exposure to loud noise than those without hearing impairments. Many workers with hearing loss reported that they have tinnitus, continual ringing in the ears, and a few workers without hearing impairments also reported tinnitus. Outside of the workplace, tinnitus is the biggest sleep disrupting factor among hearing impaired workers. Prolonged noise exposure and tinnitus can lead to insomnia regardless or age or years of exposure. Various elements of sleep reported include difficulty falling asleep; waking too early or during the night; excessive daytime sleepiness or falling asleep during the daytime; snoring; and excessive sleep movement.
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