HEARING CONSERVATION FACT SHEET

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					            HEARING CONSERVATION FACT SHEET


   Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the top Occupational Health Hazards in the
    military. Repeated unprotected exposure to hazardous noise may cause
    permanent, irreversible damage to hearing.

   The good news: Hearing loss from noise exposure can almost always be
    prevented through proper use of personal hearing protective devices, such as
    earplugs or noise muffs. Hearing protection must be worn whenever entering and
    remaining in a potentially noise hazardous area.


   The goal of the Navy & Marine Corps Hearing Conservation Program is to
    prevent occupationally related noise-induced hearing loss among military and
    civilian employees. Hazardous noise is defined as:
                >84 dBA steady-state or continuous noise
                >140 dB Peak impulse or impact noise

   You can determine the likely presence of hazardous noise by employing the
    following general rule: If you have to shout to a listener who is at a distance of 3
    feet or less away from you in order to be understood, you are in a noise-hazardous
    area or environment.

   It is the individual’s responsibility to use personal protective equipment, such as
    earplugs or noise muffs. The wearing of hearing protection in occupational noise
    hazards is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA),
    DODINST 6055.12, OPNAVINST 5100.23 Series, OPNAVINST 5100.19 Series
    and NEHC TM 6260.51.99 Series. It is the unit or shop supervisor’s
    responsibility to purchase and provide the necessary protective devices for their
    employees.


   Individuals should report possible problems associated with noise or hearing to
    their immediate supervisor and request a hearing test, or seek medical assistance,
    if appropriate. For specific questions about the Navy & Marine Corps Hearing
    Conservation Program, contact your local Hearing Conservation Program
    Manager or Audiology Clinic.