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Do you suffer from ringing in the ears? You're not alone! The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that over 20 million Americans experience chronic ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus (pronounced "TIN-a-tus" or "Tin-EYE-tus"). The condition can be mild, intermittent, or so severe as to interfere with sleep, concentration, and enjoyment of daily life.
A recent analysis of data collected as part of the National Health Interview Survey indicated that noise-exposed workers in the United States are 3 times more likely to report suffering from […] Read More »
The U.S. Court of Appeals recently dismissed legal challenges to OSHA's new standard for silica dust exposure, clearing the way for rules to go into effect. OSHA began enforcing most provisions of the silica standard for construction in September 2017; enforcement for most provisions for general and maritime industries will begin June 23, 2018. Because the new rule lowers the permissible exposure limit, more industries will need to implement controls to reduce silica dust exposures and more workers will wear respirators. […] Read More »
The hazardous effects of noise are well known, and most companies now have active hearing conservation programs to protect their workers. Less understood are the effects of "ototoxicants" (ear poisons). These chemicals or compounds can cause hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems, sometimes accelerated when combined with noise exposures. OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOSH) have recently published a new safety and health bulletin on this important topic.
Chemical ototoxicity (meaning poisonous to the ear) first came to the attention of researchers in the 1970s and 80s; however, […] Read More »
We all remember the news last year – U.S. diplomats fell ill after hearing strange sounds on assignment in Havana, Cuba. Now, nearly a year later, physicians and scientists have arrived at a frustrating conclusion: many embassy employees show symptoms of traumatic brain injury, but the source is still unknown.
Theories of poisonings, biologic attack, and ultra-sonic weapons immediately proliferated. Diplomats were removed from the embassy in Havana, the U.S. State Department issued travel warnings, and Congress held hearings to investigate. By late 2017, 24 of 80 embassy employees had been […] Read More »