The average American doesn't pay much attention to the everyday activities that slowly cause hearing damage. It is easy overlook the occasional concert, loud restaurant or sporting event. Employees who work in noisy environments can be just as forgetful. The machinery noises at construction sites and in manufacturing warehouses begin to sound like background noise. People need to start paying attention because hearing loss is now the most common workplace injury in the U.S.
22 million workers are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every year. Workers most affected by noise are in the mining, construction and manufacturing sectors. The injury is so common that about $242 million is spent in workers' compensation per year. While companies are paying for the damages in cash, workers are suffering from their injuries indefinitely.