According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States.” In 2009, the CDC estimated that nearly one in five U.S. workers were exposed to hazardous workplace noise.
Exposure to noise above 85 dB is considered hazardous and, without protection, can lead to hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
If you’re unsure whether your workplace environment is safe, our SoundCheck app lets you measure decibel levels in real time. You can download it free from the App Store and Google Play.
If noise levels regularly do exceed 85 dB, or you work in high-risk occupations like repair and maintenance, motor vehicle operations or construction trades, make sure you follow good hearing protection practices.
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