The American iron and steel industry is an integral part of the U.S. economy, attributing more than $520 billion USD. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Steel is the material of choice for many elements of manufacturing, construction, transportation, and various consumer products” (Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy). The reason steel is often the number one choice of metal for manufacturers is because of its intrinsic durability and recyclability, making it a critical industry for production.

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When it comes to hearing protection for loud workplaces, business owners want to save money and purchase the cheapest option available to them. This cheaper option often comes in the form of disposable earplugs, regardless of the environmental concerns that are often associated with them. They purchase these disposable earplugs because they seem to be the most cost-effective hearing protection solution, but what if they are wrong? What if we were to say that in the long run, disposable earplugs cost hundreds of dollars more than investing in more permanent forms of hearing protection. Not only would the alternative save business owners in monetary costs, but also in productivity, employee safety, and overall business success. Let me explain how.

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Hearing conservation programs are typically designed to protect workers with normal hearing; but they must also consider those workers that have already been impacted by hearing loss or impairment. Many workers in high-noise environments have already experienced varying degrees of hearing loss and may have special needs. What can be done to keep them protected, but still allow them to continue with their daily activities? These workers face numerous challenges, even in quiet environments, including difficulty communicating with colleagues and problems differentiating important sounds or alarms from other background noises. Some workers may even face differing levels of tinnitus or ringing in the ears.

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For quite a year now, we have been living with the tension of this pandemic. It would be amazing if we knew when things would get back to normal, but no one has answer to that. Between COVID-19 business interruptions, financial downturn and rising prices, businesses are feeling the tension.

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Helping your employees return to work, safely and confidently, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is not easy.

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Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and noise-induced tinnitus are two of the most common disabilities among the manufacturing industry workers in the United States.

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A noisy environment is one of the main stress triggers for employees and leads to reduced productivity. Common practices like shouting at others, or asking them to talk loudly are barely effective.

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The mining industry is a source of international economic activity, with revenues of over 500 billion USD. It requires minute precision to move tons of rocks on machines, and any mistake in the finely tuned process can lead to major consequences in the mining operations.

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Many of the world’s leading manufacturing companies contacted Sensear to reevaluate their communication solutions in the light of today’s new normal: Social Distancing. The companies want to invest in the best communication solution available to help protect their employees’ hearing as well as enable clear communication, all while maintaining six feet social distance.

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