Most people are unaware that activities they take part in on a regular basis could be damaging their hearing. For many people, work is a major factor for hearing loss, and there are plenty of noisy occupations in the Garden State.
From driving buses for the New Jersey Transit network, to manning the ground teams at Newark Airport, your work could be slowly leading you to hearing loss. But leisure and recreation can be just as damaging. When 82,500 people cram into the MetLife Stadium to cheer on the Giants or Jets, noise levels can top 100 decibels (well above the generally recognized safe range for sound). Even getting away from it all for some hunting in the Pine Barrens can be hazardous.
Rifles can create 140 decibels of noise. Many hunters forget their protective equipment, even though noise levels like that can cause damage to your hearing instantaneously. But you don’t need to be exposed to firearms or stadium roars to experience environmental hearing damage. Music and the constant sound of the state highways can also take a toll on your hearing.
When you’re exposed to loud noise for periods of 30 years or more, it’s easy to see why so many New Jerseyans report diminished hearing by middle age.