Hearing Protection

Don't Play It by Ear When Caring for Hearing Protection

Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by one-time exposure to an intense sound as well as by continuous exposure to loud and long-lasting noises. And harmful levels are lower than most people realize. This is why it’s vital for workers to be protected every single time they’re exposed to damaging noises—because even one serious case of exposure can cause irreparable harm.

Strategies for Workplace Noise Protection

Modern life is far from peaceful and quiet. Continuous exposure to sound levels above 85 decibels (dB) are harmful and not many people realize how many everyday sounds are louder than the recommended exposure limit—including lawnmowers, power tools, garbage disposals, blenders and food processors.

The Sound of Safety

You might not hear about noise damage as often  as many other workplace hazards but its effects can be permanent. Regular exposure to high-decibel sounds can deteriorate one’s ability to hear and can drastically reduce quality of life.

NIOSH has recently released an infographic on safe noise thresholds to help employers and safety professionals navigate the workplace’s auditory landscape.