Hearing Protection http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6609/more en Summer Activities Could Cause Exposure to Hazardous Noise Levels http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/summer-activities-could-cause-exposure-hazardous-noise-levels <div class="field-deck"> Hearing loss is preventable, and Ball State University audiologists are warning the public to take precautions against excessive noise exposure during summer events such as concerts or fireworks shows. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The birds are chirping. The sun is shining. Your lawn is green and lush, which means it&rsquo;s time for a cut. The roar of the lawnmower brings about the first sign of summer fun, but it also is one of the many instances during the season that a person is exposed to hazardous noise.</p> <p>Citing new research, Ball State University audiologists are warning people to use hearing protection during activities that may exposure them to hazardous noise this summer such as mowing the lawn, concerts and fireworks.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/summer-activities-could-cause-exposure-hazardous-noise-levels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/summer-activities-could-cause-exposure-hazardous-noise-levels#comments Health Hearing Protection News Wellness Fri, 26 May 2017 14:01:00 +0000 55231 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock The Importance of Hearing Health at Work http://ehstoday.com/health/importance-hearing-health-work <div class="field-byline"> Barry Downes </div> <div class="field-deck"> Hearing loss not only impacts the quality of life of your workers, it impacts profits and productivity for your company as well. It's time to make a sound investment in hearing health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hearing health in the workplace is an important health and safety issue, and it is easy to overlook the impact that everyday sounds can have. A ringing phone, the chatter of colleagues or more obvious noise such as factory machinery or loud music can all have an effect on your employees.</p> <p>Spending a little time and effort considering your workplace and its current practices will be a &quot;sound investment&quot; in your business and employees.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/importance-hearing-health-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/importance-hearing-health-work#comments EHS Today Magazine Health Hearing Protection Thu, 11 May 2017 17:47:00 +0000 55001 at http://ehstoday.com Connecting the Worker to Hearing Protection http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/connecting-worker-hearing-protection <div class="field-byline"> Brad Witt, MA, CCC-A </div> <div class="field-deck"> In a connected workplace, employees and supervisors accurately would know how much protection each worker achieves with a particular earplug or earmuff. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Since the inception of hearing conservation regulations hatched in the 1970&#39;s, efforts to stop noise-induced hearing loss always have been tied to a lagging indicator &ndash; namely, audiometric testing. If repeated audiometric testing indicates a progression of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers, then we know something is amiss in the hearing conservation program.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/connecting-worker-hearing-protection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/connecting-worker-hearing-protection#comments EHS Today Magazine Health Hearing Protection Wed, 10 May 2017 17:01:00 +0000 54971 at http://ehstoday.com CDC Study Says One in Four U.S. Adults have Hearing Damage http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/cdc-study-says-one-four-us-adults-have-hearing-damage <div class="field-deck"> In a recent study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found that many U.S. adults have damage from noise exposure despite reporting good hearing. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Even if a person doesn&rsquo;t have job-related noise exposure, he/she still could experience hearing damage or loss at home or in the community.</p> <p>A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)&nbsp;discovered one in four U.S. adults, as young as their early 20s, have hearing damage caused by loud noises encountered in everyday activities outside of the workplace.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/cdc-study-says-one-four-us-adults-have-hearing-damage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/cdc-study-says-one-four-us-adults-have-hearing-damage#comments Health Hearing Protection Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wellness Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:27:00 +0000 52871 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Hear and Now: Entrepreneurs Get Creative to Solve the Noise Safety Challenge http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/hear-and-now-entrepreneurs-get-creative-solve-noise-safety-challenge <div class="field-deck"> OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH partner on the first “Hear and Now” Noise Safety Challenge, offering the top 10 finalists the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As many as 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise every day at work. To combat that significant occupational health and safety challenge, OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH developed the &ldquo;Hear and Now&rdquo; Noise Safety Challenge. Open to the entrepreneur community, the challenge offered 10 inventors, selected from 28 challenge submissions, the opportunity to travel from all over the United States and Canada to present their solutions to better protect workers from hazardous noise.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/hear-and-now-entrepreneurs-get-creative-solve-noise-safety-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/hear-and-now-entrepreneurs-get-creative-solve-noise-safety-challenge#comments MSHA OSHA Hearing Protection News Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:28:00 +0000 51141 at http://ehstoday.com <p>The &quot;Hear and Now&quot; Noise Safety Challenge was launched with the dual goals of inspiring creative ideas and raising business awareness of the market for workplace safety innovation.</p> Alyson Fligg/Department of Labor Preventing Hearing Loss: Noise Infographics [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/preventing-hearing-loss-noise-infographics-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then perhaps these infographics will be worth even more: sparing employees from work-induced hearing loss.</p> <p>Work-related hearing loss is a preventable workplace injury/illness, yet it is one of the most common. Through the appropriate use of personal protective equipment such as hearing protection, separating workers from noisy equipment or processes as much as possible and through &quot;buy quiet&quot; programs, employers can reduce the risk of hearing loss for workers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/preventing-hearing-loss-noise-infographics-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/preventing-hearing-loss-noise-infographics-photo-gallery#comments Construction Galleries Hearing Protection Safety Galleries Wed, 25 May 2016 17:43:00 +0000 48001 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. Each year approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to noise loud enough to damage their hearing. (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)</p> Dual Hearing Protection: When 1+1 ≠ 2 http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/dual-hearing-protection-when-11-2 <div class="field-byline"> Brad Witt </div> <div class="field-deck"> Dual protection is overused, and in many cases, detrimental in hearing conservation efforts. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In a recent hearing conservation audit I attended, the safety manager described the plant&#39;s policy to ensure adequate protection from hazardous noise by saying, &quot;We want to make sure our workers are protected in noise, so we require dual protection for every worker.&quot; While the intent is commendable, the outcome typically falls short of the desired goal of safeguarding the workers&#39; hearing.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/dual-hearing-protection-when-11-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/dual-hearing-protection-when-11-2#comments Hearing Protection Gold Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:33:00 +0000 47501 at http://ehstoday.com Hearing Impairment Linked to Type 2 Diabetes http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/hearing-impairment-linked-type-2-diabetes <div class="field-deck"> A review of studies indicates that type 2 diabetes can damage the auditory system, making a holistic approach to worker health and safety more important than ever. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EHS professionals understand that while work-related hearing loss is an important concern, hearing loss for workers also can be attributed to off-the-job activities such as lawn care, woodworking, loud music, target practice and other activities. Now, there&#39;s another potential cause of hearing loss for workers: type 2 diabetes.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/hearing-impairment-linked-type-2-diabetes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/hearing-impairment-linked-type-2-diabetes#comments Health Hearing Protection Industrial Hygiene Safety News Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:30:00 +0000 47431 at http://ehstoday.com Pearl Jam Cares About Your Hearing http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/pearl-jam-cares-about-your-hearing <div class="field-deck"> Pearl Jam, Ten Club and MusiCares are teaming up to spread the word on hearing health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Remember when going to a con<img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/jeffament.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 445px; margin: 6px; float: left;" title="Look closely at photos of Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and you'll see that he's wearing high tech earplugs. (Photo: GettyImages)" />cert meant standing as close to the stage &ndash; and the towers of Marshall amps &ndash; as possible. A side effect for most of us was ringing ears&hellip;sometimes for days. And those ringing ears often meant damage to our hearing.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/pearl-jam-cares-about-your-hearing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/pearl-jam-cares-about-your-hearing#comments Hearing Protection Safety News Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:34:00 +0000 46361 at http://ehstoday.com GettyImages How Big of a Health Risk Are Public Fireworks Displays? http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/how-big-health-risk-are-public-fireworks-displays <div class="field-deck"> A new interactive infographic demonstrates firework decibel level in comparison to 34 other noises and indicates that the noise from public fireworks displays can be dangerous. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Action On Hearing Loss (AOHL) is urging the public to wear ear muffs and ear plugs to public fireworks displays.</p> <p>The UK-based group said that currently, fireworks sold in the UK to the public cannot exceed 120 dB, but the restriction does not apply to public displays. AOHL said firework displays averaged 150 dB and its research showed that levels as low as 80 dB &ndash; the sound of a smoke alarm &ndash; could damage hearing.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/how-big-health-risk-are-public-fireworks-displays" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/how-big-health-risk-are-public-fireworks-displays#comments Hearing Protection Safety News Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:31:00 +0000 43641 at http://ehstoday.com <p>A new interactive infographic compares dozens of common noises, from rustling leaves to fireworks and earthquakes.</p> Airconco