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Occupationally-induced hearing loss.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2010-136, 2010 Mar; :1-2
There are an estimated 16 million people working in the Manufacturing Sector, which accounts for approximately 13% of the U.S. workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational hearing loss is the most commonly recorded occupational illness in manufacturing (17,700 cases out of 59,100 cases), accounting for 1 in 9 recordable illnesses. More than 72% of these occur among workers in Manufacturing. These numbers are particularly disturbing considering that a person's hearing loss must be determined to be work-related and the hearing loss must be severe enough that the worker has become hearing impaired, in order to be OSHA-recordable. Many more workers would have measurable occupational hearing loss but would not yet have become hearing impaired.
Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-exposure; Hearing-conservation; Hearing-disorders; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-loss; Hearing-protection
Greg Lotz, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Mailstop C-22, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226-1998
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2010-136
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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