Background: Noise-induced hearing loss is a centuries-old problem that is still prevalent in the United States and worldwide. Aim: To describe highlights in the development of hearing loss prevention in the U.S. from World War II to the present. Methods: Literature review. Results: Approaches to occupational noise-induced hearing loss prevention in the United States over the past seven decades are described using a hierarchy of controls framework and an interdisciplinary perspective. Historical timelines and developmental milestones related to occupational noise-induced hearing loss prevention are summarized as a life course. Discussion: Lessons are drawn for other countries in their hearing conservation efforts. Conclusion: Future developments building on the hearing loss prevention work of the past 70 years can prevent the problem of occupational NIHL in the 21st century. Am. J. Ind. Med. 60:569–577, 2017.
- history of occupational hearing loss
- industrial hearing loss
- noise induced hearing loss
- occupational hearing loss