Noise and Hearing Protection
This key topic page, provided by OSHA, provides detailed information on health effects, exposure & controls, hearing conservation and many other updated resources relating to noise and hearing.
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This article in Occupational Health and Safety reports that The new enforcement policy is not yet in effect, but some groups are attacking it as an expensive, unnecessary change. The National Hearing Conservation Association supports it, however.
Data from two nationally representative surveys indicates that the prevalence of hearing loss among U.S. adolescents increased by about 30 percent from 1988-1994 to 2005-2006, with 1 in 5 adolescents having hearing loss in 2005-2006, according to a study in the August 18 issue of JAMA.
Oregon Occupational Public Health Program Putting Data to Work: Occupational Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) (PDF)http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/ophp/docs/Edition7Noise.pdf
This document includes data from the Information Management Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services worker's compensation claim data from 2000-2007 for NIHL. Putting Data to Work is produced by the Occupational Public Health Program (OPHP) Oregon Department of Human Services, Public Health Division, Office of Environmental Public Health Toxicology, Assessment and Tracking Services (TATS) Introduction Occupational Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).
In this issue of Job Health Highlights, we present the evidence supporting such a change in the "doubling rate", excerpted from an in-depth report on recommended changes to the OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure regulation, written by noted hearing conservation expert, Alice Suter, Ph.D., on behalf of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).
Access resources from the NHCA on topics such as Hearing Conservation Bibliography, Educator Resources and more.
The Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool is a joint product of OSHA's Alliance with the National Hearing Conservation Association. The eTool features information on what is considered occupational noise, its potential health affects, noise exposure evaluations, and hearing conservation programs.
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Noise is not a new hazard. It has been a constant threat since the industrial revolution. Too much noise exposure may cause a temporary change in hearing (your ears may feel stuffed up) or a temporary ringing in your ears (tinnitis)...