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How can I protect my ears from noise-induced hearing loss at work?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A branch of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), requires that employers know if their work puts their employees at risk for noise-induced hearing loss. These employers should give you training on ear-protecting devices, and should provide you with hearing exams once a year. Some of the options that companies encourage include foam or specially-molded earplugs, ear canal caps, or special noise-blocking earmuffs. OSHA also requires that employers take steps to reduce noise where possible, as in maintaining machinery lubrication or blocking noise with sound walls or curtains.

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