Training Series (Year 3)
1. What is Hearing Conservation?
Protecting your hearing from potentially damaging levels of noise.
2. Why is Hearing Conservation important to
Because your hearing is priceless and a noise induced hearing loss is never reversible but, it is
3. What is the loudest recreational noise you
are exposed to?
Remember, 80% of the noise induced hearing losses in America today is
caused by two (2) events, loud music and gunfire.
4. What is considered loud?
Any sound, whether continuous or impact, above 85 dB will damage your
hearing over a period of time.
5. How do I find out how loud it is in my
Check with your Safety Director or Plant Manager. This is open
information to any employee.
6. How do
I know if I am getting a noise induced hearing loss?
A noise induced hearing loss generally happens gradually, 10 to 15
years, and usually begins in the, 3-4 thousand Hz frequencies. Conversations in
crowds will become hard to understand, you will have to turn the TV or radio up
past normal just to understand it.
But, the purpose of the audiometric testing is to spot potential problems before
they become severe.
7. What kind of Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs)
do you wear?
HPDs come as earplugs, semi-aural devices or earmuffs. Each type has
its own noise reduction rating (NRR). The NRR is how much noise those protectors
will effectively attenuate when worn properly.
will I know I am in a loud noise area away from work?
Anytime background noise keeps you from hearing or understanding normal
speech from three feet away and anytime
noises cause your ears to ring.
We cannot help everyone because there are some who just dont care. But if you do care about protecting your hearing, by wearing your HPDs when you are supposed to and how you are supposed to, the chances of you getting a noise induced hearing loss are almost zero.