Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Davis Medical Surveillance Program

Did you know...

  • Noise-induced hearing loss is 100 percent preventable but once acquired, hearing loss is permanent and irreversible (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2001-103/)
  • Occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States
  • Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work
  • An estimated $242 million is spent annually on worker’s compensation for hearing loss disability (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/)

What can you do?

  • Be aware of your surroundings and know the noise level you are being exposed to
  • Protect yourself! Follow recommended limits on the amount of time you spend exposed to noise AND wear your hearing protection
  • Participate in hearing screenings that your employer offers
  • Protect your ears at home, too. Keep music volume on your headphones to a moderate level

How Loud is Too Loud? http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/ruler.asp
Noise Meter http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/noisemeter.html
Prevention Programs http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/prevention.html


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