Friday, August 10, 2012

Hearing Loss Protection

When it comes to hearing loss, there is a lot of room for improvement, says 3M Business Director Brian McGinley. Understanding the source of hearing loss and what unsafe decibel levels are can help combat the situation, he adds. Noise levels above 85 decibels (dB) are classified as dangerously high and require hearing protection. Here are some examples of noise levels:
               --  City Traffic Noise – 80 dB
               -- Chainsaw – 110 dB
              -- Rock Concert – 100-120 dB

Once the source for hearing loss is identified, protection (use proper protection), training (discuss products) and validation (validate that protection works) are the next steps in prevention, McGinley says. For more information, click here