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Mining Feature: International Noise Awareness Day

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In honor of International Noise Awareness Day on April 27, 2016, learn what mining research can teach you about hazardous noise and how you can prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

Workers and weekend hobbyists alike can benefit from the findings of NIOSH scientists. Use the resources below to experience what it’s like to have a hearing loss, how to wear foam earplugs, how to test your hearing protection, and more.

2 subjects getting hearing checked
Workers participating in a NIOSH earplug study.

Understand Hearing Loss

 If you’ve never experienced an issue with your hearing, listen to what a hearing loss sounds like.

Share this experience with others by downloading the NIOSH Hearing Loss Simulator software.

Protect Your Hearing

Learn the Roll-Pull-Hold technique for correctly wearing foam earplugs to help guard your hearing.

Once you have your hearing protection in place, check to see how it’s working with this quick test.

Take Action

If you or someone you know feels it’s time for a hearing test, read up on what an audiogram tests for.

Learn more about noise control and other hearing loss prevention topics for miners on the Hearing Loss Prevention Overview topic page.