On November 19, 2013, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) joined forces on Twitter to promote awareness of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), prevention techniques, and current research.
Two leading experts joined the chat to answer questions and provide information on noised-induced hearing loss: Gordon Hughes, M.D., a head and neck surgeon who supervises NIHL research for the NIDCD, and Rick Davis, Ph.D., co-leader of the Hearing Loss Prevention Team at NIOSH.
According to the NIDCD, “Sounds at safe levels do not damage our hearing. Harmful noise, though—sounds that are too loud or loud sounds that last a long time—can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear, causing noise-induced hearing loss.”
Harmful noise levels may be present at construction sites, oil drilling operations, manufacturing facilities, farms, and many other work environments. Help reduce hearing loss in noisy workplaces by providing appropriate hearing protection like ear plugs, banded hearing protection, or ear muffs.