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Industrial noise and hearing conservation.
Byrne-DC; Michael-KL; Tufts-JB
Patty's Industrial Hygiene, Sixth Edition, Volume 1. Rose VE, Cohrrsen B, & Patty FA, eds., Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011 Jan; 1:1507-1564
Exposure to industrial noise and the resulting effect of occupational hearing loss is a common problem across nearly all industries. High noise levels also interfere with verbal communication and warning signals, which can have a significant impact on safety and work performance. Additionally, noise can be considered a source of stress for workers, producing unwanted physiological and psychological effects that can lead to a degraded quality of life. Typically, noise-induced hearing loss develops slowly, and usually goes unnoticed until a significant impairment has occurred. Fortunately, occupational hearing loss is nearly always preventable. Preventing noise-induced hearing loss benefits the employer as well as the individual employees.Aneffective hearing conservation program promotes good labor-management relations, which can lead to increased morale and productivity. Employers enjoy the benefits of reduced medical expenses and worker compensation payments, and employees can expect to maintain their hearing health into their retirement years.
Hearing-disorders; Hearing-loss; Hearing-protection; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-levels; Psychological-effects; Warning-devices; Warning-systems; Work-environment; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Workers; Work-operations; Work-practices
Book or book chapter
Rose-VE; Cohrrsen-B; Patty-FA
Patty's Industrial Hygiene, Sixth Edition, Volume 1
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division