Noise & Hearing Loss Prevention: Industries & Occupations

Industries and Occupations

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There are workers in every industry that are at risk for occupational hearing loss. No industry should be assumed to be free from exposure to noise and/or chemicals that can damage hearing (ototoxic chemicals). There are, however, industries and occupations in which workers are at greater risk. The NIOSH Occupational Hearing Loss Surveillance Project publishes estimates of the percent of workers affected (prevalence) within U.S. industries and occupations and others statistics.

Below are additional resources for some of the industries and occupations that are at risk for occupational hearing loss.


Have you Heard? Hearing Loss Caused by Farm Noise is Preventable

They’re Your Ears: Protect Them


NIOSH Construction Program

NIOSH Buy Quiet

NIOSH Power Tools Database

Noise and Hearing Damage in Construction Apprentices – University of Washingtonpdf iconexternal icon

NIOSH Science Blog – Buy Quiet Update


NIOSH Manufacturing Program

Occupationally-Induced Hearing Loss

Criteria Document for Occupational Noise Exposure

Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss — A Practical Guide

NIOSH Science Blog – Buy Quiet Update


NIOSH Mining Program

Mining Topic: Hearing Loss Prevention Overview


NIOSH Topic Page – Aircrew Safety and Health: Noise and Hearing Loss

NIOSH Science Blog – Reducing the Risk of Hearing Disorders among Musicians

NIOSH Science Blog – Keeping Tragedy out of the Comedies…and Musicals…and Dramas

NIOSH Science Blog – These Go to Eleven

NIOSH Science Blog – High Speeds, Higher Decibels

NIOSH Science Blog – Vuvuzelas: What’s That Buzz?

NIOSH Science Blog – Take Aim at Protecting Yourself

NIOSH Workplace Solutions – Reducing Exposure to Lead and Noise at Indoor Firing Ranges

NIOSH Workplace Solutions – Reducing Noise Hazards for Call and Dispatch Center Operators

NIOSH Workplace Solutions – Promoting Hearing Health among Fire Fighters

NIOSH Workplace Solutions – Reducing the Risk of Hearing Disorders among Musicians

Page last reviewed: February 6, 2018