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Employee Hearing Conservation Program

Hearing loss is a serious issue if left unmanaged. Dr. Rumsey and the staff at Avera Medical Group ENT Yankton are proud to offer the entire spectrum of testing and management options to meet the hearing health care needs of your employees.

Avera Medical Group ENT Yankton participates in the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital wellness program and is equipped to test independently for industrial needs. At Avera Medical Group ENT Yankton, we prefer to assist with hearing protection rather than the management of hearing loss.

Studies have shown that hearing loss can cause people to withdraw from society, which may lead to feelings of inadequacy and loneliness. Protecting your employee’s hearing and promoting good hearing health care circumvents this known problem thereby creating happier more productive employees.

Put our team to work for you and your employees.  Give us a call at 605-665-6820.

Occupational Hearing Loss

Occupational hearing loss is damage to the inner ear from noise or vibrations due to certain types of jobs or entertainment.


Occupational hearing loss is a form of acoustic trauma caused by exposure to vibration or sound. Sound is heard as the ear converts vibration from sound waves into impulses in the nerves of the ear.

Sounds above 90 decibels (dB, a measurement of the loudness or strength of sound vibration) may cause vibration intense enough to damage the inner ear, especially if the sound continues for a long time.

  • 90 dB - a large truck 5 yards away (motorcycles, snowmobiles, and similar engines range from 85 - 90 dB)
  • 100 dB - some rock concerts
  • 120 dB - a jackhammer about 3 feet away
  • 130 dB - a jet engine from 100 feet away

A general rule of thumb is that if you need to shout to be heard, the sound is in the range that can damage hearing.

High Risk Jobs for Hearing Loss

Some jobs carry a high risk for hearing loss, such as:

  • Airline ground maintenance
  • Construction
  • Farming
  • Jobs involving loud music or machinery

In the U.S., the maximum job noise exposure is regulated by law. Both the length of exposure and decibel level are considered. If the sound is at or greater than the maximum levels recommended, protective measures are required.


  • The main symptom is partial or complete hearing loss. The hearing loss may get worse over time.
  • Sometimes hearing loss is accompanied by noise in the ear (tinnitus).

Additional Information

Learn more about hearing loss.