Tag: hearing protection



NIOSH Study Tracks Usage of Hearing Protection

Among all workers exposed to noise in 2014, NIOSH researchers found the majority (53%) did not wear hearing protection consistently. Industries with the highest HPD non-use among noise-exposed workers included accommodation and food services (90%), health care and social assistance (83%), and education services (82%). Additionally, some of the industries where noise is a well-recognized hazard, were found to have high prevalences of HPD non-use, including agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting (74%), and construction (52%).

Etymotic Research Merges with Lucid Hearing/Lucid Audio

Two well-known names and company owners in hearing device manufacturing are joining forces. Etymotic Research Founder Mead Killion announced that his company has merged with Lucid Hearing/Lucid Audio, a prominent hearing aid and PSAP manufacturer owned by Henry Smith, founder of Authorized Hearing Systems (AHS), America Hears, and more recently Liberty Hearing Aids and Lucid Audio.

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Sound Level Suppressors for Firearm Noise Reduction: Implications for Hearing Conservation

Sound level suppressors (also known as “silencers”) on firearms reduce—but do not eliminate—hazardous noise exposure, especially for AR-15 or similar semiautomatic rifles. At this time, the best advice is dual use of both HPDs and suppressors—particularly for those shooting weapons that produce dangerously high sound levels. For shooters who are reluctant to use HPDs, electronic HPDs should be considered as an option.

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