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Hearing Loss Prevention Program

The mission of the NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Cross-Sector Research Program is to provide national and world leadership to reduce the prevalence of occupational hearing loss.

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MMWR Article: Hearing Impairment Among Noise-Exposed Workers – United States, 2003-2012

Hearing loss is prevalent in the United States, especially among noise-exposed workers. This is the first known study to quantify the disability-adjusted life years attributable to hearing impairment for noise-exposed U.S. workers, and to estimate the prevalence at each level of hearing impairment by industry sector.

NIOSH HPD Well-Fit:  Measuring How Well Earplugs Work

NIOSH HPD Well-Fit is a computer based system designed to provide a hearing protector fit-test of the attenuation that a person achieves while wearing earplugs.  The HPD Well-Fit is available commercially and can be licensed through the NIOSH R2P office

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