Acta Scientific Otolaryngology (ASOL) (ISSN: 2582-5550)

Short Communication Volume 4 Issue 1

Use of Hearing Protectors in the Workplace

Alberto Behar*p

Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

*Corresponding Author: Alberto Behar, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Received: September 23, 2021; Published: December 30, 2021

Abstract

Hearing protectors have gone a long way in the last half a century. The number and variety of existing devices is astonishing. Attenuations obtained by their use is sufficient to reduce the noise levels found in most workplaces to values dimed “safe” by jurisdictions and legislations. However, workers are still experiencing hearing losses. Many are resisting their use or are not wearing them correctly. Effort by myriads of health and safety professionals appears to return results that are not sufficient or satisfactory. One question remains not solved: that of comfort. There is no definition, and there is no objective way for comfort measurement. Until those are found, the only real tool for making protectors to be used is increasing worker’s education and raising the awareness regarding the hazardous effect of noise. This paper deals with hearing protectors in general but focuses mainly in problems with ear plugs.

Keywords: Protectors; Ear Plugs; Noise

References

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Citation

Citation: Alberto Behar. “Use of Hearing Protectors in the Workplace".Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 4.1 (2022): 51-54.

Copyright

Copyright: © 2022 Alberto Behar. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




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