Injuries and Illness

Hearing Loss: A Bigger Safety Problem Than You Might Think

According to NIOSH, 4 million workers go to work each day in damaging noise. Ten million people in the U.S. have a noise-related hearing loss. Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year.

Because of these statistics, NIOSH recommends that all worker exposures to noise should be controlled below a level equivalent to 85 decibels (dB) for 8 hours to minimize occupational noise induced hearing loss. NIOSH also recommends a 3 dB exchange rate so that every increase by 3 dB doubles the amount of the noise and halves the recommended amount of exposure time.

Hearing Conservation Programs

Over the past few decades, much has been learned about the implementation of hearing loss prevention programs. NIOSH says that the eight components of a successful hearing loss prevention program are:

  • Noise exposure monitoring
  • Engineering and administrative controls
  • Audiometric evaluation
  • Use of hearing protection devices
  • Recordkeeping
  • Program evaluation
  • Program audit
  • Employee training and motivation

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Ten Ways To Recognize Hearing Loss

According to the National Institutes of Health, the following questions will help your employees determine if they need to have their hearing evaluated by a medical professional:

Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone? Yes No
Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time? Yes No
Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high? Yes No
Do you have to strain to understand conversation? Yes No
Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background? Yes No
Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves? Yes No
Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)? Yes No
Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately? Yes No
Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children? Yes No
Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say? Yes No

Those who answer “yes” to three or more of these questions may want to see an otolaryngologist or an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

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