You know that you’ve told them again and again to wear hearing protection in high noise areas; you’ve made earplugs and earmuffs available and done everything you can think of to protect your employees hearing but you still catch certain employees working without any hearing protection. What more can you do?
Well, you can talk till you’re blue in the face, but as you’ve already experienced, it doesn’t do much good. Try letting them hear for themselves for a change!
Aearo Corporation has made 5 different audio programs available for free on their website. Unlike what you’ve been doing by lecturing, these programs let workers hear for themselves what it sounds like when hearing loss damage has occurred.
Let them hear the sound of a high pitched squeak that results from tinnitus. Let them listen to hear how sensitive their ears still are (1 db change in sound versus 10 db changes in sound). Let them listen to the sounds of nature (birds, babbling brook, wind, etc…) as it sounds from a healthy ear and from one that has suffered hearing loss. Let them do the same for music and other every day sounds. Finally let them experience what it sounds like to listen to ordinary speech with damaged ears.
What I’ve just described above is only the first of the five audio clips available free from the Aearo website.
All of the programs are available using Windows Media Player or can be requested (at no charge) directly from Aearo. The internet versions allow you to audition the programs to determine their suitability; for best quality the CD versions are recommended.
Programs 1 and 2 come on one CD (Product Code 70–0715–6978–7) or two separate audio cassettes (Product Codes 70–0715–6975–3 – Audio and Hearing Loss Demo, and 70–0715–6977–9 – Listening in Noise). These can be requested by contacting Customer Service by calling 800–225–9038.
Programs 3 (lecture) and 4 and 5 (radio interviews) are available only on CD. To request contact Cyd Kladden .
3. The intimacy of sound: Acoustical literacy and the joy of hearing (1 hr)
4. Radio interview broadcast in the summer of 2004 on WNYU radio (30 min)
5. Interview for GiantEar Web Radio in April 2006 (33 min)
If actions speak louder than words, so do these video clips.