Director: John Howard, M.D., J.D.
Public Affairs Director: Fred Blosser
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.