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NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Program, Our Research is Sound


October 2012
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2012-174
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We are an interdisciplinary research team of audiologists, engineers and scientists at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) who actively work with partners to reduce occupational hearing loss—the most common work-related illness in the United States. NIOSH is the sole federal agency executing a planned program of research on occupational hearing loss. We offer state-of-the-art facilities and technologies to support noise and hearing research efforts. Our hearing protector laboratory is one of only five in the nation certified by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program. We have clinical audiometric facilities, typical occupational hearing testing arrangements, an impulsive noise laboratory, and equipment for field studies. Through existing partnerships, we also have access to an anechoic chamber and animal testing and exposure facilities.