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What’s All the Noise? Protect Yourself from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Operation Outreach from the American Industrial Hygiene Association Noise Committee Sound: The Basics Decibel (dB) range from 0 to about 190 (Logarithmic) Loudness doubles with every 10 dB increase Long-term exposure to 85 dB or more can cause permanent damage Single exposure to 140 dB or more can cause instant damage “Raise Your Voice” test Graphic from James, Anderson & Associates, Inc. This is your ear Noise damage occurs HERE Graphic from Howard Leight Industries How does Noise hurt? Single event Explosion Acoustic Trauma Gun blast Long-term exposure to sounds of about 85 dB or higher Like walking on the grass Very gradual Noise-induced No clear warning signs Hearing Loss What about Hearing Loss? Of the 28 million Do you have trouble: Hearing on the phone? with hearing loss in Following the conversation when two or the US, about 1/3 more people are talking? due in part to noise With others saying the TV or radio is too loud? Social implications Straining to hear conversation? Tinnitus Hearing in a noisy background? Asking people to repeat themselves? Self test Thinking others mumble or speak If you say yes to unclearly? three or more, see a Misunderstanding what others say, and professional about responding inappropriately? your hearing. Understanding women or children? Don’t Hearing Aids fix it? In a word … NO! Noise destroys Hearing aids amplify, but... Can’t correct for the internal damage done by noise Graphic from NIOSH Noise and Hearing in the Workplace Noise is everywhere Manufacturing Construction Transportation Why does hearing matter on the job? Safety Performance Communication Graphic from UAW Hearing Conservation Programs: OSHA’s Defense Required when workplace noise exceeds 85 dBA Noise measurement Noise control Hearing tests Hearing protection Training Recordkeeping How about at home? Firearms Hair Dryer 140-165 dB Up to 90 dB Headsets Garbage Disposal and Up to 110 dB Vacuum Cleaner Woodworking 70 to 80 dB Saws 110 dB Boom Car Lawn Mowers You don’t want to know Up to 95 dB Up to 145 dB How about in the Neighborhood? Complaints increasing What can you do? Leaf blowers Talk to the Motorcycles noisemaker Boom Cars Become familiar with local Communities regulate regulations noise locally Use mediator Varying standards Organize Difficult enforcement Noise Pollution Clearinghouse What can YOU do? The danger To save your ears: is: Understand the risk Too LOUD Turn it down Too LONG Walk away Too CLOSE Use protection Graphics from AEARO Corp. Resources National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) Noise Pollution www.cdc.gov/niosh/noise Clearinghouse 800-356-4674 www.nonoise.org 888-200-8222 National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative League for the Hard of Disorders (NIDCD) Hearing www.nidcd.nih.gov www.lhh.org/noise 301-496-7243 888-NOISE88 American Industrial Hygiene National Hearing Association Conservation Association www.aiha.org www.hearingconservation.org 703-849-8888 303.224.9022 No Noise is Good Noise!
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