What are dangerous noise levels ?
What precautions should be taken ?
What should I do if I'm not being protected ?
If you are working in an environment that you have raise your voice over background noise to be heard in conversation, you are in an environment capable to cause hearing loss. You need to follow the steps above to prevent yourself from developing deafness. Many people have worked in noisy environments for decades and now have hearing loss that severely affects their quality of life. There is no excuse for people developing industrial deafness.