Industrial Hearing Screenings
Optimum Audiology provides industrial hearing screenings for people who work in hazardous noise environments. It is especially important before beginning a new job in a noisy environment to establish a baseline of hearing ability. We recommend regular assessments to measure and monitor hearing ability.
Occupational Hearing Hazards
The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 30 million Americans are exposed annually to unsafe levels of noise on the job. For example, one eight-hour shift in which a worker is exposed to 85 decibels of sound (such as in a factory or a dentist office) has the potential to cause permanent hearing damage. As the length of exposure time or the level of volume increases, so does the damage to one’s hearing.
Custom Hearing Protection
Hearing protection is crucial to healthy hearing on the job. OSHA requires that employers provide hearing protection for employees in jobs with hazardous noise levels. People who work in the following industries would most benefit from custom hearing protection:
- Law Enforcement