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Understanding Noise Reduction Ratings (NRR)

Guided tours of popular manufacturing facilities/factories, from breweries to aircraft
manufacturers, provide visitors with a unique and memorable behind-the-scenes look at the
manufacturing process. Some manufacturing facilities, however, can provide a challenge due
to their noise level. In these cases, a tour system equipped with noise reduction headphones
may be required to both help guests hear the tour guide and to provide guests with adequate
hearing protection. This document will provide an overview of how noise reduction rated
headphones are rated and how they perform based on their Noise Reduction Rating (NRR).

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Improving Hearing Loss Prevention

Key Points

  • Noise-induced hearing loss is still a significant problem. An estimated 242 million dollars are spent on worker’s compensation claims for hearing loss annually.
  • Companies could improve by shifting their efforts to more long-term, sustainable methods for managing noise exposure.
  • Personal protective equipment is only effective if sized and used correctly.
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Introduction to OSHA Noise Regulations

Key Points

  • OSHA’s Hearing Conservation Program was developed with a focus on preventing hearing loss from occurring.
  • A variety of tools can be used to prevent hearing loss and meet OSHA compliance. It’s important to select the best solution based on the problem.
  • Although the costs of compliance can be high, both employees and the company benefit from hearing conservation programs.
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