Hearing Protection

News & Articles

  • NIOSH Study Highlights Hearing Loss Among Ag, Forestry, Fishing Workers

    When researchers examined the industries, they found as many as 36 percent of noise-exposed workers have hearing loss. They also found workers in the aquaculture and logging industries to be at higher risk for hearing loss. This group remains one of the industrial sectors with the highest hearing loss risk.

  • NIOSH Taking Comments on Research Agenda for Service Industries

    The draft says suggested areas on which to focus research include same-level falls for food service workers; fatal injuries among installation, maintenance, and repair occupations; and motor vehicle injuries, falls, and struck by or against injuries among waste collection workers.

  • NY Mayor Signs Construction Noise Measure

    "By lowering the allowable after-hours noise limit in residential areas, allowing inspectors to take noise readings from the street rather than from inside an apartment, and empowering inspectors with the ability to issue a stop work order for noisy equipment, this legislation should help bring some much-needed relief to New Yorkers," said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza.

  • OSHA in Wisconsin Dorm Project Partnership

    The partners have agreed to develop effective safety and health training programs and procedures and also to identify common construction hazards.

  • Comments Due on Draft NIOSH Research Agenda for Construction

    The comment deadline is Nov. 27, but only a handful of comments have been posted.

  • Silencing Big Ben to Protect Workers

    "Whilst hearing protection provides a suitable short term solution to the 118 decibel chiming and striking of the bells, it is not acceptable for those working for long periods in the vicinity of Big Ben."


  • Providing the Best PPE Is No Guarantee: A Guide to Addressing Human Factors in your PPE Program

    Even the best PPE only works when worn—so how do you get workers to actually wear PPE all the time? PPE compliance is greatly influenced by a person’s state of mind, and being in a rush, frustrated, tired or complacent with hazards affects decisions around PPE compliance in critical moments. This paper addresses how to deal with human factors in your safety program to reduce injuries and improve PPE use among employees.

  • Combating Common Objections to Hearing Protection Wear

    Keeping workers properly protected from hazardous noise and motivated to wear their hearing protectors is a challenge for any safety manager. With proper training and ongoing encouragement, most workers do wear their earplugs or earmuffs on the job. However, there are always a few workers who feel compelled to raise objections instead of just donning their hearing protectors and getting on with the job.

  • Inside the EPA Proposed Change to the Noise Reduction Rating

    In anticipation of the EPA's expected change to the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), Howard Leight has issued a brochure that explains known details of the proposed changes for hearing protectors. Titled, "Inside the EPA's Proposed Change to the Noise Reduction Rating," the brochure is designed as a handy information resource for safety managers, providing background on the impending new rating system and the ANSI testing protocols on which it is expected to be based.


  • Multilingual Hearing Instructions

    One of the challenges of occupational health testing today is language barriers — two out of every 25 people in the U.S. are not proficient in English. Benson Medical responds to this challenge by providing audio instructions and printable reports in 21 different languages for both hearing and pulmonary function testing.

  • Peltor Earmuffs X Series: Listen to the Future

    3M™ Peltor™ X Series Earmuffs protect workers in a variety of harsh enviroments with the most advanced technology on the market. Listen to the future. Protect your hearing today.

  • Buy Quiet Construction Video

    This 2014 NIOSH video provides an overview of Buy Quiet initiatives and resources to construction company owners, employees, subcontractors, purchasers and suppliers of power tools and equipment, and to the general community. Buy Quiet addresses the vision of eliminating noise hazards early in the life cycle of power tools and equipment, thus reducing the risk of occupational hearing loss among operators and nearby workers. Companies are encouraged to implement Buy Quiet within their organization as any company whose workers are subjected to hazardous noise exposures can benefit from Buy Quiet initiatives. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/buyquiet for more information.