June 07, 2017
Scott Brueck of NIOSH evaluated the effect of noise on hearing loss at a hammer forge company.
SEATTLE -- Hearing loss was the focus of a Tuesday morning session at AIHce, specifically hearing loss due to noise. As part of the session, Scott Brueck of NIOSH presented his data gathered from evaluating hearing loss at a hammer forge company due to noise.
The study initially started because a local union was concerned about noise exposure at the plant and possible hearing loss in the 100 year-old facility.
Obvious noise at the facility stemmed from the impact of hammer strikes, which was to be expected. Brueck also made note of an impact noise, similar to a gunshot, which was also an issue.
As part of the study, noise was measured in the facility over two days, both by personal noise dosimeters as well as measuring the impulse noise frequency.