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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Acting Director: Christine Branche, Ph.D.
Public Affairs Director: Fred Blosser
Address: 395 E Street, SW, Suite 9200, Patriots Plaza Building WashingtonDC 20201
Toll-free Voice: (800) 232-4636
Fax: (202) 245-0664
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Job-related hearing loss affects workers across many occupational sectors, including agriculture, construction, manufacturing and utilities, mining, and transportation. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts research in hearing loss and noise exposure surveillance, noise control engineering, hearing protection devices, hearing conservation programs, and other risk factors for occupational hearing loss. Together with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, NIOSH supports the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which collects a representative sample of the hearing health status of persons in the United States. NIOSH scientists participate in providing scientific bases for federal regulations, making authoritative recommendations to prevent occupational hearing loss, and developing acoustic standards. Professional and consumer information related to workplace noise and hearing safety are available in print and online.