Thanks to the broader band noise reduction offered in the ear canal, the active portion adds more than three times the allowable ambient noise exposure time compared to double hearing protection.

Construction Workers Most Exposed to Loud Noise

Workers in construction and extraction occupations were mostly exposed to loud work (49.6 percent of jobs) or very loud work (7.9 percent) in 2016, according to BLS.

Workers in 75.0 percent of U.S. civilian jobs were exposed to moderate noise levels at work during 2016, and another 13.3 percent were exposed to loud noise levels and 0.7 percent to very loud levels, BLS reported, saying the data come from the Occupational Requirements Survey.

Workers in construction and extraction occupations were mostly exposed to loud work (49.6 percent of jobs) or very loud work (7.9 percent), according to the agency, and more than 7 in 10 carpenters and operating engineers and other construction equipment operators were exposed to loud work environments that year.

Food preparation and serving-related occupations also are exposed significantly to noise: 16.5 percent of jobs were exposed to loud work environments and 82.1 percent were exposed to moderate noise during a typical work day. Bartending jobs were about evenly split between workers exposed to a loud work environment (44.7 percent) or a moderate noise environment (46.7 percent) in 2016.

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