Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation

Provided by: ToolingU

Occupational hearing loss is preventable through hearing conservation. The two main types of hearing loss are conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing loss may be caused by excess noise, hereditary factors, certain drugs, or illnesses. When excessive noise is present, employees must be provided with hearing protection. Using proper hearing protection will help ensure that ears remain capable of detecting important and subtle sound changes. Students enrolled in this course will learn various ways to protect their hearing and why preventative measures should be taken to avoid hearing damage. They will be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding noise levels and hearing conservation and the impact had on daily operations in the workplace.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of hearing conservation
  • Distinguish between sound and noise
  • Describe how noise affects ear anatomy
  • Describe conductive hearing loss
  • Describe sensorineural hearing loss
  • Describe OSHA's requirements for employers' hearing conservation programs
  • Identify ways that employers measure and monitor noise exposure levels
  • Describe engineering changes and administrative controls for hearing conservation
  • Define audiometric testing
  • Describe OSHA's requirements for hearing protection
  • Distinguish between the different types of hearing protection
  • Describe the types of hearing conservation training that employers must provide their employees
  • Describe the benefits and risks of using hearing protection.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for all personnel in the manufacturing workplace.

Course ID


Skill Focus

Smart Business



Employee Type

New Applicants, Operations teams

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2.5 hrs



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