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This market insight looks at the key emerging industry and technology trends for hearing conservation and protection across the globe in select end-user industries. A statistical analysis of occupational noise-induced hearing loss across select industries is provided along with an assessment of the global regulatory environment regarding hearing conservation. The study includes a detailed explanation on the key elements of a hearing conservation program as well as the various hearing protection devices used across industries. It concludes by focusing on the growth opportunities for hearing conservation and protection through an analysis of the current and future scenarios for this market. The base year for this study is 2013.

Executive Summary

-This market insight looks at the key emerging industry and technology trends for hearing conservation and protection across the globe in select end-user industries. The objective is to assess the current and future scenario for hearing conservation and protection, and provide strategic input.
-Although the use of hearing protection has gradually increased across industries, statistics by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate a steady rise in occupational noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). A major reason for this is lack of knowledge and ineffective implementation of best practices required for hearing conservation.
-End-user awareness regarding noise hazards plays a key role in selection and implementation of an effective hearing conservation program (HCP). This comprehensive program involves noise monitoring, selection of appropriate engineering and administrative controls, training and education programs for employees, regular audiometric testing, and provision of Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs) to the end users.
-Major health and safety regulatory bodies across the world have specified criteria regarding implementation of an effective HCP. High financial costs due to litigation suits involving occupational NIHL have resulted in increased adoption of hearing conservation in select end user industries, especially in the oil and gas and mining industries.
-HPDs are used as a last resort if all other methods fail to eliminate noise hazards. Selection criteria is determined by the nature of the noise hazard, the HPD’s noise reduction rating (NRR), degree of comfort provided to the end user, and price.

Table Of Contents

Hearing Conservation and Protection Market - Overview, Trends, and Global Outlook
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Executive Summary
Executive Summary—Market Overview
Executive Summary—Definitions
Executive Summary—Scope of Research
Executive Summary—Hearing Conservation and Protection Segmentation

2. INTRODUCTION TO HEARING CONSERVATION

Introduction to Hearing Conservation
Types of Noise Related Hazards
Importance of Hearing Conservation
Global Themes that Affect Hearing Conservation

3. REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS

Regulations and Standards
Overview of Regulations and Standards in Select Countries

4. TRENDS IN HEARING CONSERVATION

Trends in Hearing Conservation
Occupational NIHL
Occupational NIHL in Select End-user Industries
Steady Rise in Occupational NIHL Across the Globe

5. HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAM (HCP)

Hearing Conservation Program (HCP)
What is an HCP?
Implementation of an HCP
Noise Monitoring
Noise Monitoring—Types of Noise Measurements
Noise Monitoring—Advantages of Dosimeters over Sound Level Meters
Noise Monitoring—Emergence of Continuous In-ear Dosimeters
Engineering Controls
Administrative Controls
Audiometric Testing
Training, Education, and Record Keeping
Training, Education, and Record Keeping—Key Elements of Training and Education Programs
Provision of HPDs
HPD—Segmentation

6. DRIVERS AND RESTRAINTS

Drivers and Restraints
Market Drivers
Market Restraints

7. INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY TRENDS BY HPD—EAR PLUGS AND BANDS

Industry and Technology Trends by HPD—Ear Plugs and Bands
Ear Plugs and Bands—Overview
Disposable Ear Plugs
Reusable—Flanged Ear Plugs
Reusable—Custom-molded Ear Plugs
Custom-molded Ear Plugs—Technology Trends
Reusable—Active Ear Plugs
Active Ear Plugs—Technology Trends
Ear Bands

8. EAR MUFFS

Ear Muffs
Ear Muffs—Overview
Passive Ear Muffs
Passive Ear Muffs—Uniform Attenuation Muffs
Active Ear Muffs
Active Ear Muffs—Intelligent HPDs Integrate Multiple Technologies

9. FIT-TESTING SERVICE

Fit-testing Service
Fit-testing Equipment—Applications
Emergence of Fit-testing as a Service

10. OPPORTUNITIES IN HEARING CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION

Opportunities in Hearing Conservation and Protection
Opportunity Matrix by HPDs
Opportunity Characteristics by Select End-user Industries
Geographical Trends in Hearing Conservation

11. KEY COMPETITIVE DIFFERENTIATORS

Key Competitive Differentiators
Key Companies and Product Offerings

12. CONCLUSION

Conclusion
Legal Disclaimer

13. THE FROST and SULLIVAN STORY

The Frost and Sullivan Story
Value Proposition: Future of Your Company and Career
Global Perspective
Industry Convergence
360º Research Perspective
Implementation Excellence
Our Blue Ocean Strategy

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