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Construction banner11072019The Causes of Hearing Loss in Construction and Heavy Equipment Industry

Workers in the Construction Industry are surrounded by high-noise levels from heavy equipment. The below chart shows the average noise level of the 10 most common high noise generating power equipment in the various construction industries.

Construction Equipment Noise Level Graph

Hearing Loss Facts

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), a long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 dBA can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the amount of time it takes for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) to occur.

Construction Industry Studies and Statistics

Based on the study Hearing Loss Among Construction Workers: Updated Analyses, 58% of older construction workers now suffer from significant hearing loss, which was often a result of not taking the appropriate precautions while working in high noise worksites.

A study by Work Care found that employers pay $242 million a year in worker compensation for hearing loss and these costs were higher in construction than in any other industry.

Hearing Loss Affects Safety Programs

  • Workers with hearing loss can potentially miss audio warnings and safety signals.
  • Hearing Loss may lead to a breakdown in communication.
  • Increased effort to listen by hearing impaired workers may lead to fatigue, anxiety, and stress.
  • Workers may also suffer from tinnitus, causing them to hear ringing, rushing, or other noises even when there are no surrounding sounds

How to protect hearing and prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss among Construction workers and Heavy Equipment Operators?

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is preventable. Let’s review a few important measures that you can take to prevent NIHL among Construction workers and Heavy Equipment Operators.

  • Wearing hearing protective devices such as earplugs, earmuffs or headsets and selecting the right device for your working environment is important. Use our Selector Tool to see which headsets best match your Construction/ Heavy Equipment Industry.
  • Ensure you are wearing a hearing protective device that meets the proper Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) or (SNR) or (SLC80 class 5) level that meets the requirement for the sound level measured in your work environment. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) established permissible noise exposure limits for the workplace depending on the noise levels. Calculate the noise level at your ear using our Hearing Protection Calculator to make sure you are meeting these requirements.
  • Unsafe-hearing-protection-speak-450x300Don’t allow high noise communication problems to lead to unsafe practices, choose a hearing protection solution that workers will always keep on in all high noise work areas. Technology advancements today offer many options that combine Hearing Protection and Communication options, as well as Situational Awareness for added safety. Solutions are available that offer face-to-face communication capabilities in high noise environments. Workers close by can communicate without removing their hearing protection, so they always stay protected. No need to remove your earmuffs or pull out your earplugs to talk to one another on the job-site with the risk of damaging your hearing.
  • Design your hearing conservation and safety program around these factors to improve safety and awareness at your job-site.

Sensear’s Noise Cancelling Hearing Protection Solutions for Construction workers and Heavy Equipment Operators

Solutions:

Industrial Noise Cancelling Two-Way Radio Headsets

These Industrial headsets offer a rugged design that holds up well in these tough environments as well as a noise cancelling boom mic for clear two-way radio communication via cable connection and Sensear’s patented (Speech Enhancement Noise Suppression) SENS Technology.

  • Two-way radio communication
  • Face-to-face communication via SENS Technology
  • 360-degree situational awareness via SENS Technology
  • Simultaneous audio
  • NRR up to 27 dB

Industrial Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headsets

These Industrial headsets offer the same rugged design and noise cancellation along with Bluetooth capability for connection to a Bluetooth enabled communication device (Cell phone, tablet or two-way radio) and Sensear’s patented SENS Technology.

  • Two-way radio communication via Bluetooth connection to a two-way radio
  • Cellular communication via Bluetooth connection to a cellular device
  • Internal short-range radio for headset-to-headset communication
  • Face-to-face communication via SENS Technology
  • 360-degree situational awareness via SENS Technology
  • Simultaneous audio
  • Programmable In-ear volume limiter (82dB)
  • NRR up to 31 dB

Industrial Noise Cancelling two-way radio headsets with Bluetooth

These rugged headsets offer a noise cancelling boom mic, two-way radio cable connection, along with Bluetooth for wireless connection to a Bluetooth enabled communication device (Cell phone, tablet or two-way radio) and Sensear’s patented SENS Technology.

  • Two-way radio communication via cable connection and/or Bluetooth connection to a two-way radio
  • Cellular communication via Bluetooth connection to a cellular device
  • Internal short-range radio for headset-to-headset communication
  • Face-to-face communication
  • SENS Technology (360-degree situational awareness)
  • Simultaneous audio
  • Programmable In-ear volume limiter (82dB)
  • NRR up to 31 dB

Industrial Noise Cancelling Two-Way Radio Ear Plugs and Industrial Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Ear Plugs

These rugged ear plug solutions offer an in-ear microphone so there is no boom mic, along with a variety of features similar to our headsets, two-way radio cable connection, Bluetooth for wireless connection (Cell phone, tablet or two-way radio) and Sensear’s patented SENS Technology.

  • Two-way radio communication via cable connection and/or Bluetooth connection to a two-way radio
  • Cellular communication via Bluetooth connection to a cellular device
  • Internal short-range radio for headset-to-headset communication
  • Face-to-face communication
  • SENS Technology (360-degree situational awareness)
  • Simultaneous audio
  • Programmable In-ear volume limiter (82dB)
  • NRR up to 31 dB

With Sensear’s wide range of products, we have a solution for your unique requirement. Schedule a call with our Hearing Protection Specialist and let’s talk, so we can help you determine the best hearing protection solution for your hearing conservation and safety program designed around the construction and heavy equipment industry.

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