PERMANENT HEARING LOSS
Noise pollution is quickly approaching epidemic proportions, since hearing loss is so subtle people are frequently affected without even noticing. Noise-induced hearing loss is a cumulative and permanent sensory-neural hearing loss that develops over days, weeks, or even years of excessive noise exposure.
HEARING CONSERVATION LEGISLATION
The hearing conservation amendment requires employers to monitor all employees exposed to noise levels between 80 dB and 130 dB. The following chart shows the maximum exposure time allowed at the given decibel level without hearing protection. As this chart reflects, there are debates within the controlling agencies as to just how loud “too loud” is. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the strictest guidelines, claiming noise exposure more than 76 dB over an 8-hour period is unhealthy.
IMPROVE YOUR HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAM
Due to the complex nature of noise-related medical problems we encourage educating employees about noise-induced medical problems and the associated consequences. Don’t let the employees or the customers just guess if the noise level bothers their ears. Improve your company-wide hearing conservation program with the monitor that shows just how loud it is.
OTHER MAJOR MEDICAL PROBLEMS
Once this loss occurs, it is difficult for the person to notice when the noise level is too high. In addition to hearing loss, there are many studies showing that stress induced by noise is causing major medical problems as well.
EASY COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS
Due to recent research, EPA has recommended one-half exposure for every 3 dB, compared to the one-half exposure for every 5 dB from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Whichever guidelines you choose to follow, the McLennan Sound Monitoring, Inc. sound level monitor allows your company to easily comply.