Connecting the Worker to Hearing Protection
Friday, May 12, 2017
By EHS Today
Since the inception of hearing conservation regulations hatched in the 1970's, efforts to stop noise-induced hearing loss always have been tied to a lagging indicator – 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.
By relying on audiometric testing, intervention often begins after the damage has been done. Employers refit hearing protection or reduce the noise exposure only after an employee demonstrates a downward shift in hearing.
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