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May is Better Hearing Month

By Matt Wastradowski

Better Hearing Month

Noise might not seem like an obvious hazard, but it can have long-lasting effects on workers who don’t take proper precautions. According to the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), “Approximately 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job.”

That’s why the organization has dubbed May Better Hearing Month. The organization hopes to raise awareness of the importance of noise hazards and promote ways to stay safe in noisy environments.

Here are a few solutions to get educated about noise hazards, noise-reducing techniques in the workplace, and proper PPE.

Be Educated About Noise Hazards and Hearing Loss

Understanding noise hazards isn’t as simple as it may seem on the surface. There are several warning signs to watch for when exposed to high levels of noise for prolonged periods of time.

The AAA cautions that noise becomes dangerous when it’s painful to the ears or when it makes the ears ring; it’s also dangerous when someone has to shout to be heard (especially in quiet settings) or when noises seem muffled or quieter several hours after initial exposure.

Learn more in this noise-induced hearing loss fact sheet (PDF) from the AAA.

It’s also helpful to know about workplace noise hazards. For instance, what can be done to reduce noise hazards? What are the warning signs that noise is hazardous? And what constitutes a noise hazard? Understanding these questions can help employees work safely and stave off permanent hearing loss.

Learn About the Noise Reduction Rating

The Noise Reduction Rating provides a way to measure the effectiveness of a hearing protection device and help workers know how protected they are from noise hazards.

Learn more about the Noise Reduction Rating and related issues, such as how noise is measured, how different devices can be used to effectively reduce noise, and how to properly evaluate ear protection.

Understand the Importance of PPE

With various standards, ratings, and hazards, it can be tough to understand the basics of PPE. Read about why PPE is so important, how it can shield against various types of injuries, and the requirements employers must follow when providing PPE.

Additionally, this PPE infographic, produced by Graphic Products, establishes the need for proper PPE. It covers the types of head and hearing protection required by OSHA, as well as requirements for eye and face protection, respiratory protection, and PPE designed for hands and feet.

Stay Safe with the Proper Gear

Graphic Products strives to protect employees from workplace hazards and promote a safer environment for workers around the world.

Our selection of hearing protection signage helps workers minimize the risk of hazards in noisy environments. Stay safe with effective earplugs, earmuffs, and general hearing protection accessories.