Noise is a pervasive occupational hazard with many adverse effects including noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Occupational NIHL is preventable, and in British Columbia, we have seen the positive impact of Hearing Conservation Programs. However, we are still experiencing high NIHL rates in some of the noisier industries, including Construction. We’ll explore some of the unique challenges in this industry, along with other health effects and emerging issues, and discuss research findings/options along with strategies to address them.
Sasha obtained her M.Sc. in Audiology from UBC in 2000, and has worked as an audiologist at WorkSafeBC, specializing in noise and hearing loss prevention since then. She is now the Occupational Audiologist in the Risk Analysis Unit where she strives to reduce or prevent noise-related health and safety effects.