Hearing Loss

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a major concern of safety managers, affecting approximately 22 million U.S. workers and costing $242 million annually in workers’ compensation, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
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A free HearForever® by Howard Leight seminar to help safety professionals improve their hearing conservation programs and prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in the workplace will be presented in Grand Prairie, Alberta, on 26 April, 2013.

The New Year’s tradition of making resolutions and reflecting on the positive changes we want to make in our lives is an excellent reason to consider how we might extend to our homes and families the culture of safety we develop in our workplaces. Most employers have a vested interest in encouraging their workers to not only practice off-the-job safety, but carry the habits home to their family members as well. This is because home can be a dangerous place at times.

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Once again we careen headlong into the holiday season, and about this time many of us reflect on those things for which we are thankful. As this is my first contribution to the HearForever blog, my initial thanks is to you readers for allowing me the opportunity to reach out to you in this way.



















To wrap up our series of blogs on the prevention of recordable hearing loss cases, let’s revisit the bottom-line issue: Why is work-relatedness determination important? 

When discussing the prevention of recordable hearing loss, we’re often asked: What can employers do to help make the right determination?

Employers should have a good working relationship with the Professional Supervisor from whom they are seeking guidance. 

Ask if the physician or audiologist who reviews your audiometric test results is certified by the Council for Accreditation in Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). 

While this additional level of training is not required, it does help the employer differentiate and find the best qualified assistance. 



Potential supporting data

Is the audiometric test valid?

Qualifications of tester

Calibration documentation

Test environment noise levels

Test-retest reliability

All audiograms

Is the employee exposed to potentially hazardous noise or ototoxic chemicals at work?

Dosimetry and all pertinent noise measurements

Length of employment in each exposure environment

Potential chemical exposures



Is the hearing loss consistent with NIHL OR is there a medical condition present that can completely explain the loss?

Medical history (under HIPAA)

All audiograms, preferably in serial audiogram format

Earplug fit-testing results



Could the exposure have caused or contributed to the hearing loss?

All noise measurements


In-ear monitoring results



Steps in the process of determining work-relatedness and info the employers can provide. 


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