3M Safety Products announces a new social campaign designed to help people avoid noise-induced hearing loss.
3M’s Hearing Pledge campaign aims to educate people on how to detect hazardous noise and take precautions against exposure to excessive noise.
An estimated 275 million people around the world have disabling hearing loss, many due to exposure to excessive noise both on and off the job.
3M Senior Occupational Hygienist Terry Gorman explains that hearing loss is the number one sensory disability in the world, and also one of the most preventable. Prolonged exposure to sounds louder than 85 dB can damage a person’s ears, and lead to permanent hearing loss and other symptoms.
Noise and other sounds that exceed 85 dB come from numerous sources such as a noisy assembly line or warehouse; or from mowing the lawn, using power tools or listening to music at home; or when watching fireworks or attending a football game.
For many people, constant exposure to excessive noise is part of the job description. A few workplace environments where hazardous noise is common include manufacturing, assembly, farming, military, oil and gas, transportation, entertainment, mining and construction sites.
However, many workers choose to go without hearing protection because of discomfort or inconvenience, which can lead to permanent hearing loss, as well as tinnitus, a constant ringing, buzzing or whistling in the ear in addition to a myriad of other conditions such as sleep disturbance, hypertension, anxiety and stress.
Gorman underlines the need to raise awareness of the hearing loss epidemic and preventative measures.
By taking the pledge at http://go.3M.com/xmd, people can commit to wearing hearing protection when exposed to noise in excess of 85 dB.
People can pledge and also share the information and the pledge site with friends and family. Those who pledge can opt to enter into a giveaway, with prizes such as a GoPro HERO 3 Silver Edition video camera.