Noise and Hearing Protection

General Information

Date Added Resource Source
Sep 2014

Oregon OSHA's Quick Guide - Hearing Protection (PDF)

Read this guide to learn how workplace noise affects hearing and about the key requirements to Oregon OSHA regulations.

(Oregon OSHA)
Aug 2011

Occupational Noise Exposure

This key topic page, provided by OSHA, provides detailed information on health effects, exposure & controls, hearing conservation and many other updated resources relating to noise and hearing.

Feb 2011

NIOSH: Noise updates on Twitter

Follow NIOSH and the work-related hearing loss prevention community on Twitter to stay connected.

Dec 2010

NHCA Defends OSHA's Noise Exposure Change

This article in Occupational Health and Safety reports that The new enforcement policy is not yet in effect, but some groups are attacking it as an expensive, unnecessary change. The National Hearing Conservation Association supports it, however.

Aug 2010

Prevalence of Hearing Loss Among US Adolescents Has Increased Significantly

Data from two nationally representative surveys indicates that the prevalence of hearing loss among U.S. adolescents increased by about 30 percent from 1988-1994 to 2005-2006, with 1 in 5 adolescents having hearing loss in 2005-2006, according to a study in the August 18 issue of JAMA.

(Science Daily)
Jul 2009

Oregon Occupational Public Health Program Putting Data to Work: Occupational Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) (PDF)

This document includes data from the Information Management Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services worker's compensation claim data from 2000-2007 for NIHL. Putting Data to Work is produced by the Occupational Public Health Program (OPHP) Oregon Department of Human Services, Public Health Division, Office of Environmental Public Health Toxicology, Assessment and Tracking Services (TATS) Introduction Occupational Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).

Dec 2007

3M Job Health Highlights: Recommended Changes to OSHA Noise Exposure Dose Calculation (12/2007)

In this issue of Job Health Highlights, we present the evidence supporting such a change in the "doubling rate", excerpted from an in-depth report on recommended changes to the OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure regulation, written by noted hearing conservation expert, Alice Suter, Ph.D., on behalf of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).

Aug 2005

National Hearing Conservation Association Resources Page

Access resources from the NHCA on topics such as Hearing Conservation Bibliography, Educator Resources and more.

Nov 2004

OR-OSHA Fact Sheet: Noise Exposure and Hearing Conservation (PDF)
(Oregon OSHA)
Dec 2002

Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention

Noise is not a new hazard. It has been a constant threat since the industrial revolution. Too much noise exposure may cause a temporary change in hearing (your ears may feel stuffed up) or a temporary ringing in your ears (tinnitis)...