Noise is one of the most pervasive occupational health problems. Exposure to high levels of noise can cause hearing loss and may cause other harmful health effects.

Noise-induced hearing loss can be temporary or permanent. It is preventable. Hearing conservation programs can protect workers with high occupational noise exposures from hearing impairment.

This Web site is a joint effort of several research and outreach programs at the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Together, these investigators seek better ways to understand and control occupational noise exposures and protect workers' hearing.

The primary purpose of this website is to make available training and research reports, supervisor booklets, and brochures for workers that have been developed from noise and hearing conservation research at UW.


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