Occupational hearing wellness for World Hearing Day on March 3

Office of the Chief Risk Officer
Occupational Health and Safety
Health and wellness
World Health Organization - World Hearing Day 2024
Hearing loss often occurs gradually as part of the aging process, but it may also be caused by loud noise, trauma, medications or disease. Work-related hearing loss is an occupational illness.

As you age, your hearing may fade, but the University wants to ensure that your job isn’t the reason for this loss. People whose occupations put them at risk of hearing loss include those working in Facilities, animal care, information technology, or teaching and production workshops. Check out some of the resources available to prevent and minimize noise-induced hearing loss.

  1. This work aid helps managers identify, assess, and mitigate the risk of noise-induced hearing loss.
  2. Warning signs are posted where the risk is higher. You will find protective equipment at the entrance of Facilities spaces where noise is hazardous and cannot be otherwise mitigated.
  3. This online workshop raises awareness and informs about the risks of noise-induced hearing loss.
  4. A fitting tool to help learn how to insert roll-down ear plugs is available. Email the Office of the Chief Risk Officer if you would like to try it.
  5. At-risk workers are offered audiometric testing as part of our ongoing hearing conservation program. 
  6. Check out the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board for an online tool to help you appreciate the age of your ears.
  7. Remember, headphones and earbuds are not personal protective equipment.
  8. Interested in audiology? Find out more about the audiology program at the Faculty of Health Schiences, that trains professionals with expertise in the field of normal development of hearing and who assess and treat hearing disorders, tinnitus and balance problems. 

If you think noise is a hazard in your workplace, report it to your supervisor.

For more information about the University of Ottawa's hearing conservation program, email the Office of the Chief Risk Officer.