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They are your ears: personal protection and personal responsibility.
J Acoust Soc Am 2011 Apr; 129(4)(Part 2):2650
Hearing protection devices are a primary means of protecting workers from occupational noise-induced hearing loss. However, the Achilles' heel of this approach is the correct and consistent use of personal protective equipment. When workers fail to wear or fit protection correctly, they risk compromising their hearing. Currently five companies have developed commercial fit-testing solutions for hearing protection devices that can be used in a range of acoustical environments. In some cases the fit-test method requires a quiet test space because hearing thresholds are measured for unoccluded and occluded conditions under headphones. In other cases, the measurements are conducted above threshold and can be performed in acoustical environments with more background noise. These solutions will be presented along with evidence of how training in protector use can affect self-efficacy and attitudes toward using protection. Pending changes in the US Environmental Protection Agency regulations for labeling a variety of hearing protection will be discussed. Example cases for estimating occupational noise exposure with the new labels will be presented.
Ear-protection; Ear-protectors; Noise; Noise-control; Noise-levels; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Injury-prevention; Hearing; Hearing-conservation; Hearing-protection; Auditory-system; Personal-protective-equipment; Work-environment; Work-practices; Acoustics; Hearing-loss; Hearing-tests; Hearing-threshold; Hearing-acuity; Training; Behavior; Attitude; Audiological-testing; Noise-exposure
William J. Murphy, CDC/NIOSH, Hearing Loss Prevention Team, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C-27, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Issue of Publication
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America