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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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