Hearing Conservation Blog
Protecting the Hearing-Impaired Worker

Protecting the Hearing-Impaired Worker

On average, 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise in the workplace each year. To protect these workers from developing hearing loss due to these exposures, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires implementation of hearing conservation programs for...

Why Your Clinic Should Switch to Insert Earphones

Why Your Clinic Should Switch to Insert Earphones

In a previous blog, a brief history was provided concerning the 30-year effort by hearing conservation professionals to obtain approval from OSHA in 2013 for the use of insert earphones rather than supra-aural headphones. For audiometric testing, Audiologists have used insert earphones...

Upcoming Joint CAOHC/NHCA Training Event Series

Upcoming Joint CAOHC/NHCA Training Event Series

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) are widely recognized as the premier organizations in the United States for the promotion of hearing conservation and training of Occupational Hearing...

Can What You Eat Cause Excessive Earwax?

Can What You Eat Cause Excessive Earwax?

Skin issues have been the bane of my existence since I was a youngster. Redness, itching, flaking skin. I’ve seen dermatologist after dermatologist. The diagnosis was psoriasis and/or seborrheic dermatitis. The treatment: apply this lotion, try this ointment. I even had one dermatologist...

Lead Exposure and Hearing Loss

Lead Exposure and Hearing Loss

On a recent morning news show, Dr. Sanjay Gupta remarked that the local physicians with whom he spoke in Flint, Michigan had never seen a case of lead poisoning during their careers until now.  It is quite remarkable how over the decades lead exposure has so greatly faded as a public...

Violating OSHA Noise Standards: An Expensive Lesson

Violating OSHA Noise Standards: An Expensive Lesson

A Pennsylvania company recently learned of the expensive cost associated with failing to meet OSHA’s hearing conservation requirements.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined a pallet repair and rental company a whopping $53,100 for violations of 29 CFR 1910.95,...

Can Airbags Cause Hearing Loss?

Can Airbags Cause Hearing Loss?

A few years ago, I had the pleasure and privilege of working with a US Navy Officer who was involved in a low-speed automobile accident.  The airbag in her car deployed.  She believes she must have been looking to her left as the front airbag directly impacted the right side of her face,...

Should Hearing Be Protected When Riding a Motorcycle?

Should Hearing Be Protected When Riding a Motorcycle?

Short answer, Yes! Recreational noise exposure can be just as damaging to a person’s hearing as work-related noise – in fact, even more so.  Loud music, loud motorcycles, loud anything can permanently damage hearing…and this is dangerous.  This is why it’s just as important to protect...

NIOSH Releases Noise Measurement Database

NIOSH Releases Noise Measurement Database

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently released a database of noise measurements performed in industries across the United States.  This data includes full-shift personal noise dosimetry as well as area sampling. EHS professionals may use the NIOSH...

Are My STSs Recordable?

Are My STSs Recordable?

Although we often take it for granted, hearing is one of our most important senses. During infancy and childhood, hearing is vital for the normal development of speech and language. Hearing remains equally important throughout life as it enables us to communicate with friends and...