Hearing Safety - Noise

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    Noise, or unwanted sound, is one of the most pervasive occupational health problems. Overexposure to high noise levels can cause permanent hearing loss, which reduces the ability to understand speech and enjoy desirable sounds such as music and bird songs. Excessive noise exposure may also contribute to other health effects such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear), increased blood pressure, nervousness, sleeplessness and fatigue.

I Have a Noise Problem Where Do I Start?

  1. Please email occhearing@arizona.edu to request an evaluation of the noise exposure levels. If noise exposures exceed allowable levels (85 dBA as an 8-hour time-weighted average), all affected employees must enroll in the UA Hearing Conservation Program. To enroll personnel in the hearing conservation program, the following information is required:
    • Supervisor contact name, department, phone and email
    • Names and job titles of personnel exposed
  2. Once the request has been accepted you will be contacted to schedule training and fitting hearing protectors with Hearing Conservation Program personnel.
  3. Once training is completed you will be scheduled for an initial hearing test (audiogram) with UA Speech and Hearing Clinic (621-5643).
  4. Implement recommendations to reduce noise exposures.
  5. Purchase hearing protectors and enforce consistent use.
  6. Anticipate need for annual refresher training and hearing tests.