There are plenty of ways in which someone can develop hearing loss in Colorado. First, work is a common cause of hearing impairment. From the roaring turbines of the state’s hydroelectric plants, to aerospace factories and construction sites in Denver and Boulder, hundreds of thousands of Colorado residents are exposed to harmful noise levels at work. But you don’t need to work in a noisy environment to sustain hearing loss. Colorado’s highways are another major cause of impaired hearing.
It’s a big state, after all, and most residents need to drive long distances to reach their home and businesses. Highway traffic regularly peaks above the 80db, which is seen as dangerous by audiological experts, and a lifetime of driving can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Another source of exposure includes hunting, Colorado’s favorite leisure activity. Rifles create massive amounts of noise (up to 170db is common), and a shocking number of hunters fail to wear adequate ear protection.
One University of Wisconsin survey in 2016 found that 95% of hunters surveyed had gone without proper ear protection in the past year. But that’s not all: crowd noise at Broncos, Nuggets, and Avalanche games can contribute to hearing loss over time. This means that anybody in the State of Colorado is at risk of hearing loss, and that a huge number of people live their lives with some degree of hearing impairment.