Hearing Protection

In recent years, fit-testing of hearing protectors has become available from several manufacturers.  Similar to a qualitative respirator fit-test, an earplug fit-test assesses the actual protectors worn by the workers in the field. Learn More

At the heart of worker protection in any project is ongoing monitoring of the hazards.  Guesstimates of hazardous exposures, or conjecture about the effectiveness of protective equipment, are simply not acceptable in industry.

Safety professionals seek emerging technologies that can streamline hazard mitigation and enhance worker efficiency not only with personal protective equipment but also their job tasks. In occupational Hearing Conservation, we see this through the adoption of earplug fit testing to validate each worker’s selection and training on the use of earplugs.

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.

 For the past several years, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has conducted a Hearing Loss Prevention outreach called DiscovEARy Zone at their annual convention and conference, AudiologyNOW!

There are a few things that everyone should take into consideration when using hearing protectors in hazardous noise environments at work and at home:

With in-ear Intelligent Hearing Protection, there are two sources of misuse:

 In late 2009, Kenny Dillard, faced seemingly insurmountable environmental challenges to the Hearing Conservation program at a Dalton, Ga., manufacturing facility of Shaw Industries Group, Inc., the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider.

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.

Question: How long does it take for a person to get used to wearing hearing protection?

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