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NIOSH tools for hearing loss prevention programs.

Authors
Azman-AS; Randolph-RF; Hudak-RL
Source
Trans Soc Min Metal Explor TP-10-024, 2011 Jan; 328:564-567
NIOSHTIC No.
20038049
Abstract
The mining workforce experiences high rates of hazardous noise exposure and hearing loss. However, previous studies have identified specific behavioral and attitudinal barriers that keep miners from effectively acting to prevent their own hearing loss. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed several new hearing loss prevention tools and interventions that specifically target these barriers to prevention. The NIOSH Hearing Loss Simulator addresses motivation to take action and knowledge about the consequences of noise exposure. The QuickFit earplug test device and QuickFitWeb online hearing protection tester address barriers to effective earplug and earmuff use by verifying at least 15 decibels of protection. The NIOSH Roll-Pull-Hold technique helps miners obtain better protection through an easy-to-remember set of steps that improves attenuation by nine decibels. The "Inquiring Ears Want to Know" fact sheet helps miners to understand audiograms and to use them to maintain their hearing health. Each of these interventions can be used within the context of a comprehensive hearing loss prevention program.
Keywords
Hearing-conservation; Hearing-loss; Hearing-protection; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Miners; Mine-workers; Mining-industry; Noise-exposure; Noise-levels; Noise-pollution; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Risk-analysis; Safety-education; Safety-engineering; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Underground-mining; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-motivation; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Ears; Hearing-loss; Miners; Mining-industry; Noise; Author Keywords: Health; Hearing loss prevention; Safety
CODEN
TMENAE
Publication Date
20110101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
1075-8623
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
Transactions of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
State
PA
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