Noise and Hearing Loss
Noise is one of the most pervasive occupational health problems. Exposure to high levels of noise can cause hearing loss and may cause other harmful health effects.
Noise-induced hearing loss can be temporary or permanent. It is preventable. Hearing conservation programs can protect workers with high occupational noise exposures from hearing impairment.
Several research and outreach programs at the University of Washington's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences are seeking better ways to understand and control occupational noise exposures and protect workers' hearing.
- ENV H 490/590: Health and Safety of Physical Agents in the Workplace
- Continuing and Professional Education
Centers and Institutes
- Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers professional education courses and has supported student trainees' in their graduate research.
- Occupational Epidemiology and Health Outcomes Program: Past research has investigated reports of hearing loss in workers' compensation in Washington state and information about hearing conservation programs.
- Field Research and Consultation Group. Examples of noise-related projects.
- Hearing Loss Risk Assessment Tool
- Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic
- A legacy Occupational Noise website has reports for different construction trades (last updated in 2005)
- Noise Exposure
- Hearing Conservation
- Hearing Protection Guides
- Noise Control information
- Hearing Loss