Among all workers exposed to noise in 2014, NIOSH researchers found the majority (53%) did not wear hearing protection consistently. Industries with the highest HPD non-use among noise-exposed workers included accommodation and food services (90%), health care and social assistance (83%), and education services (82%). Additionally, some of the industries where noise is a well-recognized hazard, were found to have high prevalences of HPD non-use, including agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting (74%), and construction (52%).
Confused by the wide assortment of hearing conservation standards? Here’s a short guide from retired NIOSH research audiologist and well-known hearing conservation expert Mark Stephenson, PhD.Read More
The NIDCD says some 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 to 69 have hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to noise.Read More