This is probably not a shocker, but studies are continuing to show that older people who had careers in the construction trades are at a higher risk for hearing loss. Any job that entailed constant exposure to high-decibel sound can result in hearing issues later in life.
A 2018 study by the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), using data from the Building Trades Medical Screening Program that covered upwards of 19,000 workers who had worked in the nuclear power industry, found that more than half of them had hearing loss issues.
The level of high-decibel noise on construction sites was the most significant risk factor.
The data also showed that the longer the career in construction, the more significant the risk. Those with more than 30 years in the trade were at 4 times the risk for hearing loss than workers with careers under 10 years.
The study was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and found that noise exposure on construction sites was the biggest cause of later-in-life hearing loss. Other risk factors included smoking (18 percent higher risk) and solvent exposure (15 percent higher risk).
Occupational hearing loss is very common, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The damage is often cumulative and does not show up until later in life.
Along with obvious jobs like construction, aviation, farming, and manufacturing, other job types show up on higher-risk lists. These include physical education (PE) teacher, dentist, ambulance driver, and bartender/bouncer.