Hearing Loss at Work by TPenney


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									                     If you cant hear this message I hope you were trained to read
Communication is needed everywhere in our lives. Sometimes an older person who has lost the
ability to hear and has not learned other ways to communicate effectively “appears” to be
disconnected, disinterested or worse, mentally incompetent.
How can I tell if I am listening to dangerous noise levels?
You must raise your voice to be heard.
You can't hear someone 3 feet away from you.
Speech around you sounds muffled or dull after you leave the noisy area.
You have pain or ringing in your ears (this is called “tinnitus”) after exposure to noise.
                                          How loud is too loud?
                                       150 dB = fireworks at 3 feet
                                       140 dB = firearms, jet engine
                                          130 dB = jackhammer
                                     120 dB = jet plane takeoff, siren
                                             Extremely Loud
            110 dB = maximum output of some MP3 players, model airplane, chain saw
                                 106 dB = gas lawn mower, snowblower
                                   100 dB = hand drill, pneumatic drill
                                   90 dB = subway, passing motorcycle
                                                Very Loud
                         80–90 dB = blow-dryer, kitchen blender, food processor
                            70 dB = busy traffic, vacuum cleaner, alarm clock
                         60 dB = typical conversation, dishwasher, clothes dryer
                                        50 dB = moderate rainfall
                                            40 dB = quiet room
                                      30 dB = whisper, quiet library
Occupational Safety and Health regulates safety in the workplace. And they have established
regulations around hearing protection and conservation. It requires a five-phase hearing
conservation program for industry:
   Noise Monitoring: Sound levels must be measured to determine what safeguards are needed.
  Audiometric (Hearing) Testing: All employees in a hearing conservation program must be tested
                                    annually pending the regulations.
 Employee Training and Education: Employees in a hearing conservation program must be trained
                                     every year on hearing protection.
     Hearing Protectors: Hearing protection devices should be made available to all employees
                                  according to the noise risks identified.
      Record Keeping: The company must maintain records on sound level results, equipment
   calibration results, and hearing test records of employees, as well as its educational activities.
      Hearing Loss at Work
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There are three basic types of hearing loss:
•     conductive hearing loss,
•     sensor neural hearing loss, and
•     mixed hearing loss.
When describing hearing loss, we generally look at three categories: type
of hearing loss, degree of hearing loss, and configuration of hearing
loss. Unmanaged hearing loss can have an impact on employment,
education, and general well-being.
                           Causes of Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss at Birth (Congenital Hearing Loss)
Hearing Loss After Birth (Acquired Hearing Loss)
Ear Infections (Otitis Media)
Noise ( on and off the jobsite)
Ototoxic Medications (Medication Effects)
Tinnitus: Tinnitus ("TIN-a-tus" or "Tin-EYE-tus") refers to "ringing in the
ears" when no other sound is present. Tinnitus can sound like hissing,
roaring, pulsing, whooshing, chirping, whistling, or clicking.

                          What causes tinnitus?
Conditions that might cause tinnitus include:
Hearing loss
Ménière's disease
Loud noise exposure
Migraine headaches
Head injury
Drugs or medicines that are toxic to hearing
Too much wax in the ear
Certain types of tumors
Too much coffee
Smoking cigarettes

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