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So what should we do about it?
First of all I think we need a new paradigm. We need to focus less on compliance and
OSHA and more on how we can maintain functional hearing health over our workers
careers. This change is reflected in the chart as Wellness instead of
Additionally, we must agree that each worker has a significant responsibility for their
protecting their own hearing health. The quality of our hearing health in our senior years
is a function of many things, but it cannot be ignored that our life-style choices and
attitudes about self-protective behavior play a very important role. We need to put
emphasis on early identification of workers at risk; we need to look at self-help, safety
culture, early intervention at the first sign of problem, and managing this whole thing as
a business process so we know if we are really working on the right things and whether we
are achieving the important outcomes.