Hearing loss significantly reduces an individual's ability to understand the world around them and diminishes quality of life.  Imagine loosing the ability to hear music and the sounds of nature.  It also can lead to feelings of isolation and compromise personal safety.  Not the least the ability to hear and communicate with others.


Hearing impairment associated with workplace related noise is preventable.  It has been determined that damage starts to occur with long term exposure at 85dBa.  If exposed in the workplace, this type of damage is considered an industrial disease which could be compensated.  Hearing loss due to noise exposure is among the most pervasive occupational health problems recognized today.  As an employer, you have 2 choices: either prevent it or deal with the hearing loss.


An effective Hearing Conservation Program protects both employees and management.  The application of a good program is successful in reducing and preventing the occurrence of noise generated impairement.  Employees benefit from protection of debilitating progressive hearing loss.  Management benefits from reduced medical expenses, lessened worker's compensation costs and improved good will from employees and the community.


Our Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationists offer air conduction industrial hearing testing and employee training and education.  For information on CAOHC, click here.


For more information on industrial noise hazards, review IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) articles and resources.



If you are having difficulty hearing normal speech at a distance of 3 feet, then you are most likely in a potentially hazardous noise situation.  A great way to protect yourself is by wearing hearing protectors with sufficient NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) to reduce the noise to an acceptable level.  However, it's been shown that incorrect insertion significantly lowers the NRR.  This happens more frequently than you would think.  Therefore calculating on a reduction of 50% of the NRR is a safe assumption.