Hearing Loss Prevention Goes Mobile

Filed in Safety, Technology by on February 13, 2017 0 Comments

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), at the 2017 International Builders’ Show, announced a new mobile app that measures sound levels in the workplace.

The NIOSH Sound Level Meter app is designed to promote better hearing health and prevention efforts at construction worksites. Using a smartphone’s built-in microphone, the app pulls in and displays real-time noise exposure data. Stats shown include instantaneous sound level, equivalent sound level, time-weighted average and noise dose based on NIOSH and Occupational Safety and Health Administration limits. The app also provides basic information about noise and hearing loss prevention.

More details on the science behind how the app works are available on the NIOSH science blog.

Screenshot of the NIOSH Sound Level Meter from the iTunes App Store

NIOSH officials have said that the app could be especially helpful for employers interested in raising awareness among employees about noise hazards on the jobsite and how to better protect their hearing.

The app is free, easy to use and gives users immediate feedback about sound levels and noise exposure where they’re working. It also allows users to save and share sound level measurement data with others via social media — which adds an element of fun.

Currently, the app is only available on iOS devices. Download it today from iTunes App Store.

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