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