The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires hearing conservation programs in any workplace where employees are exposed to sounds that could cause permanent hearing damage. An estimated 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year at their jobs.
Sounds 85 decibels (dB) or louder are considered damaging to your hearing. At 85 dB, about eight hours of exposure is likely to cause permanent hearing loss. For every five decibels this goes up, the exposure time is cut in half. For example, if workers will be exposed to noise at 85 dB throughout the day, 100 dB for an hour or 110 dB for 15 minutes, you need to provide hearing protection.
West Coast Hearing Clinic’s Hearing Conservation Services
Our Aberdeen hearing conservation program allows us to work with employers to ensure employees’ hearing is properly protected during the workday. We aim to promote hearing health throughout the coastal Washington communities surrounding Aberdeen and South Bend.
Hearing conservation services address the growing concerns over noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), which is now responsible for 1 in 4 cases of hearing loss in the U.S.
A hearing conservation program equips both employees and employers with necessary information, assessing the workplace for hearing safety concerns, resolving loud noise problems if possible, distributing proper hearing protection and establishing effective preventative policies.
West Coast Hearing Clinic’s hearing conservation team will also perform hearing assessments on all workers and provide diagnoses and treatment plans as necessary. We will continue to record and analyze hearing evaluation results throughout the duration of the program in order to provide employers with useful records and analytical tools.
We understand the importance of compliance with federal law when it comes to your business—but we know cost is also an issue. Our hearing conservation services are affordable, professional and highly effective. We invite you to give us a call or visit our offices for a hearing conservation consultation, where we can discuss your business’s needs and provide you with an estimate for our program.