One thing that Georgians often fail to realize is just how easy it is to damage your hearing. Everyday life might seem harmless and routine, but even your daily work can slowly affect your hearing. In fact, occupational hearing loss is a massive problem across the nation.
The CDC reports that 22 million Americans are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work every day – and there are plenty of dangerous occupations in Georgia. From operating heavy machinery in warehouses of factories to staffing busy restaurants and manning the state’s thriving construction sector, plenty of jobs in the Peach State come with excess noise as part of the deal. But work isn’t the only danger.
Leisure is another source of dangerous noise exposure. Take hunting, for example. Recent studies have confirmed that hunters can sustain serious inner ear damage from just a few shots, while sustained exposure can cause severe problems in old age. With more than 600,000 hunters in the state, that’s a lot of people who could be risking their hearing.
When you add in music venues and sports crowds (where noise levels can match those of jet engines at times), as well as the constant assault on our ears from heavy traffic, you’ve got a recipe for hearing problems all over Georgia.
There’s nothing exceptional about the Peach State in this regard. But there’s no doubt that hearing loss is a major quality of life issue, and there’s also no doubt that most people can alleviate the condition if they take action.