Training Series (Year 6)
to Questions and Complaints
Hearing and Hearing Protection
In the field at the many different plants we have visited, we have been
asked many questions and have heard many excuses for not wearing hearing
protection devices (HPDs). Here are a few of our favorites with our
responses. Please remember a noise induced
hearing loss is permanent. Aging, injuries, and illnesses all can reduce our
ability to hear. To lose our hearing through noise abuse is
Protectors are uncomfortable.
are often uncomfortable initially, but hearing loss due to noise exposure is
uncomfortable permanently. Just like football pads or baseball catchers
equipment. HPDS require a reasonable period of adjustment. If after a couple
of weeks of daily use and you are still experiencing difficulties or discomfort;
you should pick out a different type provided and give them a try.
cant hear my fellow employees if I wear my hearing protectors.
Response: When the
ear is bombarded with sound, it distorts, reducing the ability to accurately
discriminate different sounds. Wearing HPDS reduces the overall sound levels
so that the ear can operate more efficiently. The effect is similar to the
improved vision that sunglasses provide in very bright conditions.
dont need H PDS. I am accustomed to the noise.
dont get accustomed to the noise they get deaf and unfortunately a
deafened ear may often seem to get accustomed to the noise. Repeated exposure to
noise does not toughen ears nor does having a noise induced hearing loss prevent
you from losing hearing you have left.
already lost some or most of my hearing: why should I have to wear hearing
existence of a noise induced hearing loss does not protect one from losing
further hearing due to noise exposure. Hearing loss due to noise occurs in the
high frequency range, speech frequencies are lower pitch that we lose after
noise has already damaged our high pitch frequency receptors. HPDS do not
restore our ability to hear: they do however if worn properly and every time we
are exposed to hazardous levels of noise, prevent further hearing loss.
dont need to worry about my hearing. I can always get a hearing aid. (This is
Eyeglasses can in most cases correct a vision problem to a nearly
normal condition; it is a misconception Hearing Aids can do likewise for a noise
induced hearing loss.