Campaign promoting use of hearing protection

By |  January 21, 2013

3M has launched a social campaign called the Hearing Pledge, aiming to educate people on how to detect and help protect them from hazardous noise. Anyone can take a pledge at, where a commitment to wearing hearing protection when exposed to noise in excess of 85 decibels can be made.

According to 3M, prolonged exposure to sounds louder than 85 decibels can damage a person’s ears and lead to permanent hearing loss and other symptoms. People can also share the pledge site with friends and family. Those who pledge can opt to enter a giveaway, with prizes such as an iPod touch mobile digital device and sound control earbuds.

“Many workers choose to go without hearing protection because of discomfort or inconvenience,” says Laurie Wells, 3M’s senior acoustics specialist. “This can lead to permanent hearing loss, as well tinnitus – constant ringing, buzzing or whistling in the ear – and a myriad of other effects like sleep disturbance, hypertension, anxiety and stress. That’s why raising awareness of the hearing-loss epidemic and preventative measures is so important.”

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