According to OSHA, noise, or unwanted sound, is one of the most common health problems in American workplaces. Exposure to high levels of noise may cause hearing loss, create physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity, interfere with communication, and contribute to accidents and injuries. Emory's Hearing Conservation Program was developed to to conserve the hearing of Emory University employees, students, and visitors by focusing on preventing occupational noise-induced hearing loss. The program includes:
- audiometric testing,
- hearing protection,
- employee training, and
- recordkeeping for any employee exposed to noise levels at or above 85 dBA.