Hearing Loss by Occupation

Source: Industrial Safety & Hygiene News

Is your job causing hearing loss? Your hearing is an incredibly valuable asset in the workplace. Unfortunately, some workplace environments may be more damaging to your eardrums than others. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that 22 million US workers are exposed to potentially dangerous levels of noise in the workplace each year. Unhealthy noise levels are one of the most common causes of hearing loss, and can lead to shocking statistics in some occupations. If you work in one of these six loudest workplaces, you may want to consider the effects your work environment may be having on your hearing.

Hearing Loss in Manufacturing
Hearing loss is the most commonly recorded occupational illness in manufacturing, accounting for 1 in 9 recordable illnesses. The reasons behind these staggering numbers are obvious, with all the large and loud machinery in this line of business. And this problem is all over the nation. Manufacturing is one of the largest industries in the U.S., which means hearing loss can spread rapidly. In fact, a study in Michigan reveals that more than half of all cases of permanent workplace hearing loss is caused by the manufacturing sector. Learn about Personalized Hearing Protection for Manufacturing Companies.

Hearing Loss in Construction, Carpentry and Mining
Whether outside your window, on your walk to work or anywhere else on the street, you may be painfully familiar with the extreme noise levels of construction sites. Now imagine working there. For the country’s construction workers, these sounds can be particularly hazardous to hearing health. Long periods of exposure to noise over 85dB is considered dangerous to one’s hearing, yet many of the most common construction tools make noise well above this cautionary value. Let’s consider one the noisiest yet most common construction tools: the hammer drill. This ear-shattering tool registers at nearly 115dB. With these dangerous decibels, whether you are performing construction work at home or for pay, make sure to wear the right kind of ear protection.

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Cheryl’s Hearing Conservation Training Tips


What should I use for my upcoming Hearing Conservation Training?    What can I use that will educate and motivate employees in a new way?  This may be a question you ask yourself whenever training is on the horizon.  I will be giving you ideas on how to present HC training in fresh and novel ways.  Your employees will exclaim, “Wow, I never knew that about my ears!”  I will present an idea about every 3 months on this Blog.  My first idea is to incorporate a YouTube video  The one I have picked, Auditory Transduction, is a basic anatomy and physiological account of how our ears hear.  Give it a look!  Your employees may walk away with new respect for their ears!

Make sure OSHA’s 3 topics are covered with every annual training:
1) The effects of noise on hearing
2) Purpose and procedure of hearing testing
3) Purpose, selection, fit, use and care of hearing protectors, the advantages, disadvantages and attenuation of various types.





Cheryl Nadeau, M.Ed., FAAA
Senior Occupational Audiologist

New visual for texting while driving!

Everyone knows how dangerous it is to text while behind the wheel of a moving car. This guy has upped the ante by taking his hands off the handlebars of his motorbike while texting! This biker is traveling at between 50 and 60 miles per hour (80 to 95 km/h), meaning that he is covering at least 73 feet or 22 meters every second with his eyes off the road. (Naval Safety Center)


35th Annual Tennessee Safety and Health Congress

Come out and celebrate the 35th year of The Tennessee Safety & Health Congress at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.  This year the Congress runs from July 22-July 25th.

Workplace Integra will be set up in booth number 206.  Stop by for a chance to win a gasoline gift card, take a look at Workplace Applications software or INTEGRAfit.  We can also discuss any specific needs you have in the area of hearing conservation, such as sound surveys or mobile audiometric testing


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Need a FREE Pass?

The Tennessee Safety & Health Congress provides FREE guest passes that exhibitors can give away. The FREE PASS is good for Tuesday July 24, 2012 from 8:45 AM till 3:30 PM for the Exhibit Area only. 

If you would like to go, please send us an e-mail: jkurzec@wpintegra.com.  Passes will be mailed on a first request basis. You may request as many passes as you need, however the number of passes sent will depend on availability. Please provide a mailing address, number of passes needed, phone number in the e-mail and please title the e-mail: TN FREE PASS REQUEST.  You do not need to be a current Workplace INTEGRA, Inc. client to receive these FREE PASSES. 

The TN Safety Congress home page is here.

The List of Exhibitors is here.

BHI Raises Awareness of Dangers of Noise Exposure During 4th of July


Source: www.betterhearing.org

In an effort to protect America’s hearing, this 4th of July the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is raising awareness of the dangers that fireworks and other loud summer activities pose to hearing health. We invite you to join us by promoting prevention in your own local communities.

To help with your outreach efforts, we have included a number of materials on both the dangers of noise exposure and how people can protect their hearing.
Please find below materials that you can use to help make this 4th of July and summer season both fun and hearing-safe for people in your local community.

• Local customizable press release to promote your practice
• A newsletter article for your use which can serve as an opinion editorial
• Information on hearing loss prevention

The more people understand the dangers and ramifications of hearing loss—and that there are measures they can take to preserve their hearing—the more willing they become to visit their local hearing health professional to care for their hearing.
Thank you in advance for helping to make this 4th of July and summer season both fun and hearing-safe.

Hearing Loss in the Workplace

BHI speaks out on importance of addressing hearing loss in the workplace
June 18, 2012
As more people experience age-related hearing loss at younger ages—and as more workers put off retirement and stay in the workforce longer—it is incumbent upon America’s employers to recognize the financial and human-resource value of addressing hearing loss in the workplace.

This week the Better Hearing Institute spoke out in McClatchy Newspapers on the dollars and sense of why employers need to make hearing health a workplace wellness priority. “The financial and human resource risks of leaving hearing loss unaddressed in the workplace have never been so high,” wrote Sergei Kochkin, PhD, BHI’s Executive Director.

We encourage you to read the full article and to share the link to encourage America’s business community to recognize “the benefits that hearing health and proper hearing health care bring to both the employee and to the company’s bottom line.”

Marvel Comics Creates Deaf Superhero So Little Boy Will Wear His Hearing Aid

Source: http://twitter.com/Gizmodo/status/205731412366733313
Marvel Comics has a new character with a unique inspiration—a little boy. Four-year-old comic book fan Anthony Smith was born without a right ear and only partial hearing in his left. He needs the help of a hearing aid. But one morning he woke up and told him mom he didn’t want to wear it anymore. Why? Because superheroes don’t wear hearing aids, he declared.

Perturbed, Smith’s mother emailed comics giant Marvel, inquiring about characters that might have share Anthony’s struggle. The next day, they presented him with a picture of a hero called Hawkeye, who also sports a hearing aid. And they went even further, inventing a brand-new hero based on Anthony named “Blue Ear,” the same moniker Anthony and his mom have always used for his hearing apparatus. They sent him a drawing, and he was so encouraged that he’s been keeping his hearing aid in ever since. Kind of makes you want to give the guys at Marvel a big ol’ hug. [Fox, Thanks @KoryFerbet!]

See full article here.

With a Ceramic Transducer, You’ll Hear Voices Inside Your Head

Molly Oswaks, Editor Gizmodo

Japanese electronics company Kyocera has developed an innovative new transducer to replace outmoded—and underperforming—speakers in a phone.

Whereas conventional phone speakers transmit sound waves to your ear drum via a multistep process of vibrations and wave travel, stopping at various aural checkpoints along the way—with the pressed to your ear, Kyocera’s ceramic transducer will transfer crystal clear sound directly through tissues in your skull, straight from the surface of the phone’s vibrating faceplate. With fewer speed bumps along the way, the voice on the other end of the phone will sound as if it’s coming from inside your very own head. Which would probably make an angry conference call a rather unsettling experience.

The first device using this ceramic technology is set to come out in Japan very shortly, with similarly equipped smart phones making their way to the U.S. very soon after. [GigaOm – Image via Nomad_Soul/Shutterstock]

Thanks to all the nurses! Next week May 6-12 is National Nurses Week 2012




Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. As nurses, we work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. We have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

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2012 AAOHN Conference is in Nashville, TN



THE CONFERENCE IS NEXT WEEK!  Click here for conference brochure!

Make your plans now to attend the AAOHN National Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort located at 2800 Opryland Drive in Nashville, TN 37214, April 22–25, 2012. The Gaylord Opryland Resort is holding rooms for AAOHN Conference attendees. Call the hotel for reservations at 888-777-6779 or go to http://www.gaylordhotels.com/opryland-home.html online. Be sure to tell the reservations personnel that you are with the AAOHN Conference in order to receive the nominal rate of $189.00 for single/double. Rooms at this special rate are available until the room block is filled. Once the room block is filled, the special AAOHN rates cannot be guaranteed.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet again with your AAOHN colleagues and enjoy the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.

Workplace INTEGRA, Inc. will again be an exhibitor at this conference make sure to stop by exhibit booth number 505 in Ryman Hall.