Noise and Occupational Hearing Loss

Exposure to loud noise or certain chemicals while at work can damage your hearing. Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses and is permanent.

All Industries
have hearing risks.

22 million
US workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work each year.

30 million
US workers are exposed to chemicals, some of which are harmful to the ear (ototoxic) and hazardous to hearing.

85 decibels
A-weighted (dBA), averaged over an eight-hour period, is the NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit (REL).

Hearing loss is associated with

  • Communication difficulties, making it challenging to maintain relationships with others.
  • Other health problems, including tinnitus (ringing in the ears), heart problems, cognitive decline, and poor mental health.
  • Concerns for personal safety and the safety of others.

Fortunately, occupational hearing loss can nearly always be prevented. Health and safety professionals, employers, and workers can all help prevent occupational hearing loss.

Learn More About Hearing Loss at the Following Pages