Unlike other injuries, there is no visible evidence of noise-induced hearing loss [NIHL]. It is not traumatic or usually even noticed when it occurs. Rather, hearing impairment accumulates over time, its effects realized long after the damage has been done. Worse, noise-induced hearing loss is permanent and irreversible. However, with proper education, it is 100% preventable.
From time to time, Howard Leight offers its "HearForever: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation" seminars, presented by hearing conservation experts Brad K. Witt and Dr. Theresa Schulz, Lt. Col. USAF (retired). These seminars address an expanding range of need-to-know topics for employers ranging from implementing a hearing conservation program to the newly proposed regulatory changes, with an engaging audio and visual presentation. Seminar topics will include: Basics of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss; Implementing an OSHA Hearing Conservation Program; Impending Changes to the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) and Your Program; Selection and Fitting of Hearing Protectors; Employee Motivation and Training Techniques/Resources; and New Hearing Conservation Innovations and Technologies.