Noise and Occupational Hearing Loss
Resources and Publications
You can search for NIOSH publications and products through NIOSHTIC-2. NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH. The following links provide customized NIOSHTIC-2 search results for noise and hearing loss prevention topics.
Publication Dataset: Trends in Worker Hearing Loss by Industry Sector, 1981-2010
The dataset for this 2015 publication included audiograms for the years 1981 through 2010. This includes the dataset analyzed in the published article, along with the article reference, abstract and description of data collection efforts.
Publication Dataset: Prevalence of Hearing Loss in the United States by Industry
The dataset for this 2013 publication included audiograms for the years 2000 through 2008. This includes the dataset analyzed in the published article, along with the article reference, abstract and description of data collection efforts.
NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program Noise Measurement Database
Includes noise measurement results collected during NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) surveys from 1996 through 2012.
Power Tools Sound Power Database
Contains sound power levels and vibrations data for a variety of common power tools that have been tested by researchers.
The NIOSH Power Tools Sound Power Dataset does not include a comprehensive list of manufacturers or products in the categories listed. The products and manufacturers listed were chosen based on criteria such as the most sold and power tools that were available for purchase online and in retail stores as of 2011. NIOSH conducted tests on the sound levels and functionality of each product and developed the dataset as a demonstration project. Mention of any company or product is for informational purposes and does not constitute endorsement by CDC, NIOSH.
Sound Level Meter App
The NIOSH Sound Level Meter (SLM) app allows users to measure sound levels for free on any iOS device. The app informs users whether the sound level is hazardous and explains what the sound level readings mean. Learn more about the app or download directly from iTunes.
Hearing Loss Simulator
The NIOSH Hearing Loss Simulator is a software training and communication tool for promoting hearing loss prevention. It allows a user or trainer to demonstrate the effects of noise exposure on hearing without experiencing an actual noise-induced hearing loss.
Practical Guide for Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss
This NIOSH guide is intended to assist employers in developing and maintaining hearing loss prevention programs. It provides practical information and guidelines on the eight major components of a hearing loss prevention program: (1) noise exposure monitoring, (2) engineering and administrative controls, (3) audiometric evaluation, (4) use of hearing protection devices, (5) education and motivation, (6) record keeping, (7) program evaluation, and (8) hearing loss prevention program audit.
HPD Well-Fit System: Measuring How Well Earplugs Work
NIOSH developed the HPD Well-Fit™ system to create a fast and reliable fit-test system not anchored in proprietary technology. HPD Well-Fit™ measures the amount of sound reduction an individual worker receives from their HPD and identifies workers who are not sufficiently protected.
NIOSH Science Blogs on occupational hearing loss are available under the Hearing Loss blog category. Subscribe to the NIOSH Science Blog and receive e-mail notification when new blogs in all categories are posted.
Posters and Infographics
Hearing Loss Surveillance
- Hearing protection: Critical, but often unused
Masterson-EA; Industrial Hygiene in the Workplace Magazine 2022; May/June: 42
- Hearing Loss Among Health Care and Social Assistance Workers: A NIOSH Study
Lawson-SM; Masterson-EA; The Hearing Journal 2019; 72(1): 12-13
- Trends in Worker Hearing Loss within the Manufacturing Sector, 1981-2010
Masterson-EA; CAOHC Update 2015; 27(1): 8-10
- Patterns of quality in audiometric data for US workers
Masterson-EA; Spectrum 2013; 30(1): 18-19
- NIOSH announces first results from Occupational Hearing Loss Surveillance Project
Masterson-EA; CAOHC Update Fall 2012; 24(2): 1, 4
Related CDC/NIOSH Webpages
- NIOSH Workplace and Safety Topic: Reproductive Health and the Workplace: Noise
- NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research Topic: Hearing Loss Prevention Overview
- National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Hearing-Loss Prevention Cross-Sector Council
- National Center for Environmental Health Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
- OSHA – Occupational noise exposure 1910.95
- MSHA – Mining Safety and Health Administration, 30 CFR Part 62, Occupational Noise Exposure
Federal Hearing Loss Prevention Programs
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
- OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Occupational Noise Exposure
- Department of Defense Hearing Center for Excellence
- American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Guidance Statement on Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
- Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation, Hearing Conservation Manual, 5th Edition
- CPWR | Preventing Hearing Loss
- Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award
- University of Washington Hearing Conservation Program Assessment