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|WHY IS HEARING CONSERVATION NECESSARY||
Excessive exposure to noise is one of the most pervasive occupational health problems. The extent of damage to our hearing depends upon the INTENSITY of the noise and DURATION of the exposure. When cumulative exposure to noise are in excess of 85 decibels over an eight hour day, it can causes temporary hearing loss, often noticed as “ringing in the ears” by employees. However, prolonged exposures to such noise will ultimately result in permanent hearing loss. Left unprotected, the loss may begin to have adverse effects upon one’s ability to hear or understanding others and result in persistent tinnitus.
Employer Liability and workman's compensation. Employers often underestimate the importance of the work environment upon hearing, but OSHA watches this very closely. If the hearing loss can be traced back to a person’s employment, OSHA considers this a work related injury.
A hearing conservation program is designed to protect worker's hearing by educating and monitoring their hearing on a yearly basis. This benefits employees from the devastating effects from hearing loss in later life and benefits employers from potential liability resulting from work injury claims. Research shows effective hearing conservation programs can and do work.