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Effective Hearing Loss Prevention Programs must Consider both Occupational and Non-occupational Noise

September 6, 2022

Hearing loss prevention programs (HLPPs) are essential to prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). At a minimum, these programs must include noise measurements, noise controls and worker training; as well as use of hearing protection devices where exposures cannot be reduced through noise controls; and audiometric testing. One vital but often overlooked topic for effective…

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Radians launches a dielectric cap mount earmuff that provides greater flexibility for safety helmet and hard hat users

July 28, 2022

Top-tier PPE manufacturer Radians® recently added a climbing style safety helmet called Titanium™ to its head protection line. Now they have launched a dielectric cap mount earmuff that fits Titanium and most other slotted hard hats. This new earmuff attachment (NRR 25 dB) and Titanium provide a dual safety solution when head and hearing protection…

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What’s a Problem Audiogram?

July 19, 2022

By: Theresa H. Small, Contributor In hearing conservation programs, Occupational Hearing Conservationists often are tasked in selecting problem audiograms to send to a Professional Supervisor (PS). One might ask, what is a problem audiogram, and which audiograms need to be selected for further review? Problem audiograms are often interpreted as those with a standard threshold…

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Hearing Protection: Critical, but Often Unused

May 11, 2022

About 14% of U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous occupational noise each year. The best way to reduce worker noise exposure is to follow the Hierarchy of Controls, beginning with eliminating the noise hazard; replacing the loud equipment or process; and using engineering controls to reduce noise levels at the source. These are considered the…

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Custom-Molded Hearing Protection in Hearing Conservation Programs

May 11, 2022

By: Garry Gordon, MS, and Robert M. Traynor, Ed.D., MBA, F-NAP, Contributors In the workplace, when noise levels and exposures exceed OSHA guidelines, industry is required to provide adequate hearing protection as part of a comprehensive hearing conservation program. Several providers now offer custom-fit hearing protection devices (HPDs). These options present questions and, sometimes, concerns…

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Gateway Safety Introduces Tasco Hearing Protection as Part of Its Growing Product Line

April 14, 2022

TASCO Products Include Innovations in Earplugs and Earmuffs, With Highest Independently Tested NRRs in the Industry Gateway Safety is thrilled to announce that TASCO Corp., a market leader in hearing protection, is now part of the Gateway Safety family! TASCO products include the industry-leading Tri-Grip® reusable earplug, top-performing SoftSeal™ disposable earplug and a benchmark line…

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Changing Workers’ Attitudes About Hearing Protection

April 4, 2022

By: Ted Madison, Contributor Some of the most effective actions employers can take to prevent noise-induced hearing loss involves training people who work in noise to protect their hearing; and conducting fit testing of hearing protectors[1]. To change the attitudes of workers, focus on how valuable it is to hear well and how hearing damage…

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Noise Control in the Workplace

February 7, 2022

By: Phillip Rauscher MPH, CIH, CSP, Contributor When one thinks of an effective hearing conservation program, there are a few things that often come to mind. The first elements are an in-depth audiogram in which a skilled technician or medical professional provides feedback on results—good or bad—to help the employee make sound decisions when in…

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Impulsive Noise: A Challenge to Measure

February 7, 2022

Bang! Crack! Pop! Impulsive noise is generated by firearms, hammer strikes and even balloons. Technically, gunshots and explosions (including firecrackers or balloons) produce “impulse” noise, while objects that collide (such as hammers, punch presses and drums) generate “impact” noise. While the manner of sound generation is different for impulse and impact noise, there are commonalities in the actual waveforms.…

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A Sound Partnership for North America

September 27, 2021

UK acoustic instrument specialists, Cirrus Research plc, today announce the formation of an exclusive partnership with NoiseMeters Inc for the distribution of sound measurement equipment in the USA with immediate effect.  NoiseMeters has supplied sound level meters and noise dosimeters to the US for over 20 years through their successful online retail business. By working…

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