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Hearing Protection for Noise-Exposed, Hearing-Impaired Workers

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.
Current Information can be found at: Worker Empowerment Interventions for Hearing Loss Prevention - FY07


  • Provide and publish guidelines or policies concerning the management of noise-exposed, hearing-impaired workers.
Noise exposure line graph

Applicable Standards

  • ANSI S12.6-1997 (R2002)
  • ANSI S3.19-1974

Key Partners

  • Ohio State University
  • UAW
  • General Motors


  • UAW
  • General Motors
  • American and International Standards Organizations

Project Scope

  • Conduct a series of focus groups and in-depth interviews with noise-exposed hearing-impaired workers, supervisors of such workers, and managers of hearing conservation programs.
  • An assessment/intervention protocol for hearing-impaired HPD users was developed and tested in the HLR program's audiological laboratory.
  • NIOSH, General Motors, and the UAW field-tested the protocol with a group of hearing-impaired, noise-exposed manufacturing employees in Michigan.


  • None


  • Morata TC, Themann CL, Randolph RF, Verbsky BL, Byrne DC, Reeves ER [2005]. Attitudes and beliefs about hearing loss prevention among workers with self-reported hearing difficulties. Ear & Hearing.


  • None
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)