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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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Age “Correction” in Hearing Conservation Programs

September 21, 2021

By: Gregory A. Flamme and Kristy K. Deiters, Contributors Employers may elect to adjust observed hearing threshold changes as an attempt to account for typical age-related change. However, there is no guarantee that age “correction” correctly represents the influence of age, and adjusted threshold shifts are not interpretable for individuals or small groups—because age-related changes…

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Plugging the Knowledge Gap in Hearing Protection

September 21, 2021

By: Tim Turney, Contributor Approximately 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous occupational noise each year1. Prolonged exposure to excessive noise levels can cause life-changing damage, because the harm to the sensory cells and other structures within the ears is irreversible—often resulting in permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL is more common than diabetes or…

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Machinery Noise Control: The First Step

May 18, 2021

Before time and money are invested in implementation of noise controls, the first step should be to ensure the noise concern is not due to improper equipment setup and/or maintenance related. The recommended step here is to meet with engineering and maintenance representatives to ascertain their opinions on the matter as it relates to elevated…

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