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Noise and Hearing Conservation

Recording of a Hearing Loss on the OSHA 300 Log

Baseline used for OSHA recording

 On-Site Hearing Test and Training
29 CFR 1910.95

Hearing Conservation Program

You Decide!

The decision to conduct, or not to conduct, annual hearing test & to train your employees, is not necessarily regulatory based. The decision, must be also based on the potential cost associated with noise induced hearing loss.

When reviewing the estimated annual cost of loss of productivity, special education, and medical care due to hearing loss the cost is $56 billion, on an annual basis. The average disability for Occupational Noise Induced Hearing loss is $17,000.00 per ear.

To estimate the potential financial and regulatory impact of Noise Induced Hearing Loss at your facility you will need to consider the following information. (Workforce Demographics)

Review Your Workforce Demographics:

Our research indicates, the average age of the American industry worker is 37 years old, worked in industrial environments for over 12 years, and will be working until he/she reaches social security retirement age and beyond. This indicates that employers will have an experienced workforce, but a workforce that has been exposed to potential cumulative illnesses and injuries for a long period of time. As the workforce continues to age, the number of workers who experience hearing loss and the cost of workers compensation will increase.

What is the Average Age of Your Workforce?
10 Million people have hearing loss due to noise.

Who in your workforce uses firearms, chain saws, listen to loud music, and visits the racetrack?
50 Million Americans who own firearms are at risk for noise induced hearing loss.

Where have members of your workforce been employed?
The number of people with hearing loss in the US, are between 25 million and 28 million, or about 1 in 10.

Compare Your Workforce Demographics:

Researchers report a sharp increase in the number of younger people, in their 40s and 50s, who complain of not hearing well. While more than 30% of people over 65 have some type of hearing loss, 14% of those between 45 and 64 having hearing loss. Traditionally, statistics on hearing loss have shown seniors from 65 years of age to be the most vulnerable age group over 30 percent reporting hearing loss while approximately 10 percent in the 40 to 65 year age group acknowledge loses. Experts predict that as America ages, hearing loss will become epidemic. The last Census indicated that 13% of the population was over 65, and projections are that this figure will double over the next three decades as baby boomers enter their senior years. This means that one-quarter-more-of the population will be over 65. (How to Limit Your Cost Link)

Do you conduct pre-employment screenings?
Only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss.

How does hearing loss potentially effect production?
Hearing Loss is the # 1 handicapping disorder.

Health Consultants, Inc. provides unique services in support of a company's hearing conservation program.

Our mobile units are capable of testing and training up to 28 
individuals an hour, on-site at your facility.  Our equipment and hearing booths meet the standards set forth by 29 CFR 1910.95, the American National Safety Institute and the OSHA. Included in our hearing testing services, at no additional charge, we provide training by use of video and counseling to suffice the 1910.95 requirement for annual training. The sessions coincide with testing, in that while some are being tested, others are being trained. The training is documented so that it can be made available should it be asked for by an OSHA compliance officer during a visit.

We provide the following reports:

Individual Test Results

Standard Threshold Shifts

Average High Frequency Loss

Average Speech Loss

American Association of Otolaryngology

In addition to these standard reports, we provide a suggested letter for use in informing those workers who may have a STS, and a letter/evaluation form for the physician or audiologist to be used during any required follow-up medical examination.

The message is, we not only provide the required testing, but all those other aspects of the hearing conservation program that are necessary to protect the hearing of your employees and help to ensure complete regulatory compliance.