Hearing Conservation

My life has always been wallpapered with music. From an early age, I was always listening to something. I wrote fanzines and interviewed bands when I was in high school. I spent many early hours and late evenings DJ-ing during university on 90.3FM WRIU. I ran my own indie record label (Brentwood Estates) for a bit, and put out records and CDs by my friend’s bands. I’ve put on shows around Providence, RI, in addition to attending many shows a month.

Benj Kanters is an associate professor and associate chair of the Audio Arts & Acoustics Department at Columbia College in Chicago, Ill, and the man behind the Hear Tomorrow workshop. Hear Tomorrow educates musicians, audio engineers and others in the entertainment industry about hearing loss prevention throughout the North America and Europe.

When we think about causes of hearing loss, most people answer:

Hearing conservation in a stable work environment is important enough, but what are the dynamics that come with attempting to protect employees from hearing loss due to extreme noise?

In an article published in the April 2011 issue of EHS Today, Howard Leight's Director of Hearing Conservation, Brad Witt, takes a look at the questions of how much noise is too much noise and what can we do to protect employees working in extreme noise environments.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

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