The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has teamed up with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) for a second year and announces a supplemental issue of the International Journal of Audiology.
The issue highlights research presented at NHCA's 36th Annual Conference. The studies include potential roadblocks to implementing engineering noise controls in the manufacturing sector, the sources of noise in daily working life, and how different safety products, such as ear plugs and ear muffs, perform across a wide range of sounds.
"The ability to hear can greatly impact a worker's ability to do their job as well as their quality of life," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. "Understanding the causes and how to effectively prevent noise-induced hearing loss is an important priority for NIOSH as we continue to look at total worker health."
Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states approximately 30 million people in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous noise in the workplace every year. Noise-related hearing loss is one of the most prevalent workplace health concerns in the country, as thousands of workers every year suffer from hearing loss that could have been prevented.