There is a lot of noise pollution out in the world, but in industrial settings it can be much worst. People who work in certain industries, such as construction, entertainment, or factory environments, can lead to damage in the inner ears. The more frequent the exposure, the bigger the risk.
Repeated exposure to noise of 85 dB or higher for a long period of time can result in permanent hearing loss. The noise regulations require that all workers who are routinely exposed to noise levels in excess of 85 decibels be tested annually.
The best defense against hearing loss, as well as conditions such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears), is wearing ear plugs during work hours when exposed to loud noises. Frequent hearing tests are another important part of evaluating hearing damage early, so it can be corrected before issues become chronic.
Industrial Hearing Test Requirements
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mandated that all companies with employees exposed to sounds of 85 dB or higher be required to receive regular hearing exams. These examinations test hearing levels over time, and discover patterns of loss that could be an indication of sound related damage. They also address tinnitus, a ringing in the ears that can be very frustrating for sufferers.
Programs designs to reduce the possibilities of hearing damage at a work place, which include these tests and proper training of employee and management can go a long way towards ensuring the safety of everyone on an industrial site.
At dB Hearing Center, we offer industrial hearing testing (On-Site or In-Office Mobile Testing) and education as well as custom and non custom ear protection like earbuds and earmuffs at different sizes, so you can choose what is most comfortable for you. To learn more about our Industrial Hearing Testing services, call or email us at the Williamsville office at (716) 633-2137.