Noise/hearing protection

What’s too loud? How do you properly fit earplugs? Get answers, advice, and solutions here.

Life on mute: hearing loss
These short videos are great examples of how hearing loss impacts lives both at work and at home.
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Oregon OSHA

Visit the Oregon OSHA website to learn more about hearing protection, including:

Noise and hearing conservation [PDF]
Help for employers that have excessive levels of noise and need to implement a comprehensive noise control program.

Properly fitted earplugs [PDF] [Spanish]
This one-page graphic shows how to get the most protection from earplugs and other hearing protection options.

What do you mean by decibel level? [PDF]
Common workplace decibel levels, plus OSHA decibel limits.

The ear poisons: ototoxicants [PDF]
A bulletin describing chemical hazards that can lead to hearing loss, as well as how to identify and prevent them.

Ototoxicant chemicals and workplace hearing loss (NIOSH)
This bulletin describes chemical hazards that can lead to hearing loss and includes a link to prevention information.

Noise-induced hearing loss (National Institute on Deafness) 
What it is, who is affected, what causes it, and, most importantly, how hearing loss can be prevented. [Spanish]

Noise and hearing loss prevention (NIOSH/CDC) 
Topic page.

Video library
Life on mute: hearing loss

Great examples of how hearing loss impacts lives both at work and at home.

Play all
Play individual segments:
Tense rendezvous  (1:02)
Inaudible entertainment (:56)

DVD (no streaming available)

  • Hearing conservation for at-risk workers | OCCUPAT-19
    | Geared especially to construction and trades workers who may already h … Read more
  • Hearing conservation: noise under control | OCCUPAT-22 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    19 minutes | Hearing loss often happens gradually and by the time we realize it, it … Read more
  • Hearing protection | OCCUPAT-08 (English/Spanish)
    8 minutes | Protect your employees with this DVD program that discusses sound inte … Read more
  • Hearing protection: safe in 8 | OCCUPAT-11 (English/Spanish)
    8 minutes | Mute the dangers of ear-related accidents. Protect your employees with … Read more
  • Protecting your hearing | OCCUPAT-26
    13 minutes | This video emphasizes the importance of hearing protection through the … Read more


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