Hearing protection in the 21st century: they're not your father's earplugs anymore.
Semin Hear 2009 Feb; 30(1):56-64
Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common occupational illnesses among American workers. This is particularly tragic because this type of hearing loss can be prevented. When engineering or administrative controls have not eliminated a given hearing hazard, wearing hearing protectors remains the best way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Over the past several decades, technology has greatly improved hearing protector capabilities. Nevertheless, many workers fail to wear hearing protectors because they do not know when and how they should be worn. Applying health communication theory to develop hearing protection training can substantially improve attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors associated with hearing protector use. This article discusses how to identify barriers to hearing protector use, as well as how to promote self-efficacy as a means for improving hearing protector effectiveness.
Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-protection; Noise-exposure; Noise-control; Noise-shielding; Noise-shields; Hearing-loss; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-conservation; Hearing-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment;
Author Keywords: Hearing protector; hearing conservation; hearing loss
Mark R. Stephenson, PhD., National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Mail Stop C- 27, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Seminars in Hearing. Noise Damage and Traumatic Brain Injury: Emerging Therapies and Evidence-Based Practices: Proceedings from the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR), 2008