At Custom Protect Ear we care about your hearing health and the responsibility of teaching and practicing good hearing health. So to do so, we have provided you with some hearing conservation programs tips which may help you when creating your own.

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HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

CAOHC

Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation

What is a Hearing Conservation Program?

An effective occupational HCP preserves and protects the hearing of employees who work in manufacturing, farms, mines, military bases and other noisy workplaces. An HCP also gives employees the knowledge they need to protect themselves from nonoccupational noise exposure.

According to OSHA, an occupational HCP consists of these elements:

  • Noise measurement
  • Noise control
  • Audiometric testing
  • Hearing protection
  • Employee education and training
  • Record keeping

While OSHA provides the minimum standards for hearing conservation, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health provides a practical guide outlining the 8 components of an HCP that are con­sidered to be best practices:

  • Noise exposure monitoring
  • Engineering and administrative controls
  • Audiometric evaluation
  • Use of hearing protection devices
  • Education and motivation
  • Record keeping
  • Program evaluation
  • The HCP audit

National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)   

The mission of the NHCA is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society.

NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

NIOSH provides national and world leadership to prevent work-related illness, injury, disability, and death by gathering information, conducting scientific research, and translating the knowledge gained into products and services, including scientific information products, training videos, and recommendations for improving safety and health in the workplace.

Some NIOSH resources:

National Safety Council

Hearing Loss Prevention Programs are a Good Value
An effective hearing loss protection program will cost you both time and money. Is it worth it? You bet!

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Hearing Protector Device Compendium
NIOSH researchers initiated a new effort to collect data published by manufacturers of hearing protectors.

Program Evaluation Checklist
Failures or deficiencies in hearing conservation programs can often be traced to inadequacies in the training and education

Hearing Conservation Products

Hearing Protectors 

dB Blockers™ are custom fit to each individual wearer for maximum comfort and are made from SkinsoftT medical silicone. dB Blockers™ are particularly suited for industrial applications where communication between individuals is desired.

Communication Devices

Miscommunication triggers accidents. With dB Com™, you can avoid mishaps and dangerous situations, and eliminate any chance of misunderstandings on the floor. Our wide selection of hearing protectors connects to numerous communication devices, so your workers can hear and be heard while staying completely protected.

Fit Check Testing 

Developed by NIOSH and distributed by CPE and ProtectEar USA, FitCheck Solo™ is fast, accurate and simple 

FitCheck Solo™ helps take the guess work out of matching the correct hearing protection with known noise exposure. It’s the only system that can test the actual plug a person is wearing without having having them first remove them. That’s what makes it the most accurate system currently available.

HEARING CONSERVATION ARTICLES

 

  • Hearing Conservation. OSHA Publication PDF. Summarizes the required component of OSHA’s hearing conservation program for general industry. Covers monitoring, audiometric testing, hearing protectors, training, and record keeping requirements.
  • Study done for the U.S. Military by Dr. John Casali at Virginia Tech and Etymotic Research. Warfighter Auditory Situation Awareness: Locating the Shooter with and without Hearing Protection John G. Casali and Kristen Talcott (Auditory Systems Laboratory, Virginia Tech), John P. Keady (Innovation, Research, & Development Labs) and Mead C. Killion (Etymotic Research, Inc.)Presented at the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Human Systems Integration Symposium (HSIS) 2011

 

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