Nightclub jobs among worst for hearing loss

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Safety concerns: Bar jobs rank among worst for hearing loss (Credit: Getty/gruissa)
Safety concerns: Bar jobs rank among worst for hearing loss (Credit: Getty/gruissa)

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Nightclub jobs are among the worst for hearing loss, new data from Boots Hearingcare has revealed.

The organisation carried out data analysis to find out the noisiest jobs putting workers’ ear health at risk.

The research revealed that of the job roles included, nightclub workers are among those highest at risk of damaging their hearing at work. This is due to the constant exposure to loudspeaker levels.

When it comes to noise levels, consistently being exposed to anything measuring more than 70 decibels (dB) can start to cause damage to hearing after two hours of constant noise.

Furthermore, any sounds measuring more than 120 dB can cause immediate hearing issues.

The average conversation is around 60 dB and is considered the average noise level your hearing should be exposed to on a constant basis.

A nightclub floor, when tested, measured at 102dB, meaning any staff working for long periods could be severely at risk of damaged hearing.

Hearing loss

Boots Hearingcare senior audiologist Feraz Ashraf said: “We take our hearing for granted a lot of time. Because we are exposed to lots of sounds each day, we assume our hearing can process all these signals with ease and the effects are not always immediately noticeable. 

“That’s why we’ve delved into the data to find out which jobs or hobbies are most likely to cause strain to the hearing, from short to long periods of time, hopefully creating a better awareness of the matter.

“It was interesting to see how many typical jobs made the list, including hospitality workers.”

This comes after new research revealed Britain lost 30% of nightclubs since the pandemic as consumers’ late-night habits evolve.

This net decline of clubs is more than double the 13% drop in all licensed premises over the same period, CGA and AlixPartner’s latest Hospitality Market Monitor revealed.

Ten years ago, Britain had nearly 1,700 nightclubs, but in June the total was barely half that at 873.

Loss of nightclubs

Despite the significant losses among nightclubs, the market has seen a growing popularity of high-tempo experience venues, and bar numbers have fallen by only 3.1% since March 2020 – a fraction of the 30% drop in nightclubs.

CGA by NIQ’s director for hospitality operators and food EMEA Karl Chessell said: "Covid hit nightclubs harder than any other licensed sector, and lockdowns were the final straw for hundreds of venues.

“But our research shows the late-night market isn't disappearing - it's just changing. Bars, pubs, competitive socialising venues and other new leisure concepts all now rival nightclubs, giving consumers a greater choice of venues than ever.

“Young adults remain eager for big nights out with their friends, and while clubs are still a part of their mix they are also open to alternatives that deliver memorable social experiences and good value."

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