Category: Hearing Loss Prevention (HLP)
Significant noise exposure is an occupational risk for first responders. A recent study found evidence of occupational hearing loss in over 70% of a police population. Though 100% preventable, noise exposure can result in long-term, hearing-related disability. The need for prevention and hearing conservation programs for first responders is warranted. A protocol is designed to increase awareness about hearing health, the importance of utilizing hearing protection and to develop a plan for baseline and routine audiologic monitoring.