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Excessive noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss. There are several high-risk careers that cause occupational hearing loss and many workers who are exposed to loud sounds are at a risk for hearing loss.

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Hearing protection to enhance productivity in high noise environments

  1. 1. Hearing Protection to Enhance Productivity in High Noise EnvironmentsExcessive noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss. There are several high-riskcareers that cause occupational hearing loss and many workers who are exposed to loudsounds are at a risk for hearing loss. Every day, these workers are put in extreme workingconditions, sometimes resulting in irreversible and severe hearing loss due to improper use orlack of hearing protection. Hearing impairment due to noise pollution can either be temporaryor permanent. When the ear is exposed to extreme loud noise (above 100 decibels) for aconsiderable period of time, it can cause irreparable damage and lead to permanent hearingloss.If you work in a high noise environment, wearing a hearing protection device will not onlyprotect your hearing but also aid in concentration and focus. Usually when workers cannotcommunicate seamlessly and accurately in high noise environments, productivity suffers.Efficient high noise communication can have a direct influence on productivity. Research showsthat over 40% of workers lose over 30 minutes a day from trying to communicate in high noiseenvironments, thus hampering the productivity of employees. Workers struggle tocommunicate effectively in high noise because of the time lost moving to quieter areas, timelost with the complexity of communicating in high noise, time lost taking hearing protection offand on and time lost dealing with missed cell phone or two-way radio calls.Providing appropriate hearing protection devices may seem like a straightforward solution in acomprehensive hearing conservation program, but the fact is that fewer personnel are wearingthese HPDs due to improper selection and thus exposing themselves to potential hearing loss. Itis found that the single biggest reason why people remove or avoid wearing hearing protectionis the need to communicate with others. When the hearing protection is removed, wearers canbe exposed to dangerous levels of noise that can result in noise induced hearing loss (NIHL).No hearing protection device can be effective if safety precautions are not taken and rules notfollowed. Proper hearing protection is mandatory in workplaces where noise levels exceed themaximum noise standards as set by OSHA. Earplugs and earmuffs help protect ears from loudnoises. If you need effective hearing protection in high noise environments, it is best to consultwith your employer or visit the OSHA hearing protection areas to determine the best hearingprotection device for your situation.NIHL is completely preventable. All individuals need to understand the hazards of noise andprotect their ear health, with earplugs or other hearing protective devices when involved in aloud activity.Know more on: safety ear muffs electronic ear plugs

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