OSHA and other agencies have launched the “Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge” to encourage inventors and entrepreneurs to submit technological solutions to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss. Every year, 22 million workers are at risk of losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards. Hearing loss disability costs businesses an estimated $242 million annually in workers’ compensation.
Ideas must be submitted by Sept. 30 through Challenge.gov. Ten finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27 to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges that will include investors and representatives from NIOSH and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For more information, please visit https://www.dol.gov/featured/hearing.