It is estimated that 30 million Americans are exposed to potentially harmful sounds at work. Many workplaces require hearing protection devices (HPD) as personal protective equipment (PPE). Dentists and their auxiliaries are regularly exposed to decibel (dB) levels at and above the level of 85, which begins an unsafe zone for ears without protection. Awareness needs to be generated within the dental sector regarding noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) sooner rather than later. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, adults age 21-60 years of age should have a hearing baseline test, then an annual re-evaluation7. Without a campaign to educate the overall population, let alone, the dental industry, many dental personnel will continue their daily endeavors without understanding preventive methods to protect against NIHL. HPDs are available for the dental industry; however, considering the lack of “push” for their usage, there is an unfamiliarity.

Fonte: Today’s RDH, 30 August 2018
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