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Industries and Occupations

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Although noise exposure is widespread, there are some occupations in which noise, and hazardous noise specifically, is more common. Through the NIOSH Occupational Hearing Loss (OHL) Surveillance Program , NIOSH published estimates of the number of workers with occupational hearing loss (prevalence) for each U.S. industry and examine the risks, taking into account other factors like age and gender. See:

Below are some resources for some of industries and occupations that are affected by hazardous noise levels.


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 Washington

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

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