January 25, 2012 by Darren
Yes, that chatterbox sitting in the cubicle next to you sure can be annoying!
But noise in the workplace can be a much more serious matter. Especially if you’re working with heavy machinery. Or if you are on a pit crew for the Indy 500 or if you’re a roadie for a rock and roll band.
If you’re ever in doubt about potential damage to your hearing, don’t be embarrassed to wear earplugs, says Mike Hartley, a data management coordinator for Ear Technologies, Inc. in Boone, North Carolina.
Ear Technologies conducts annual hearing tests for employees for manufacturing companies on the U.S. East Coast, making sure their job responsibilities don’t cause hearing loss.
“A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t hear someone talking who is an arm’s length away from you, you need to use hearing protection,” Hartley says. “I’ve had to wear ear plugs at church before when the guitars and drums were a little over the top.” Read More