Hearing loss is typically a gradual process, and by the time its effects are noticeable, it is often too late to do anything about it. Hearing loss is more common than most people realize, according to the CDC, an average of 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace annually. Hearing loss can be caused by several different factors (age, illness, etc.), however, the most common of these is noise-induced hearing loss, especially among older adults.

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Since the dawning of their industries, workers in sectors such as aviation, rail, and shipping have worked in increasingly noisy conditions. Over time, these noise levels grew to the point of putting employees’ hearing at risk, and compromising their situational awareness.

The transportation industry is currently undergoing a sea-change when it comes to balancing communication and hearing safety. Each sector has its own unique challenges and innovative solutions, with some of the most interesting developments appearing in the shipping, rail, and aviation sectors.

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