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Document ID (ISN)101922
CIS number 03-856
ISSN - Serial title 0003-4878 - Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Arezes P.M., Miguel A.S.
Title Hearing protectors [sic] acceptability in noisy environments
Bibliographic information Aug. 2002, Vol.46, No.6, p.531-536. 21 ref.
Abstract The choice of hearing protectors should take ergonomic features into account. The purpose of this study was to analyse the relationship between the acoustical attenuation efficiency and other aspects related to the comfort of hearing protectors and consequently their acceptability by workers exposed to noisy industrial environments. A subjective evaluation of comfort was performed using a questionnaire completed by 20 workers. The time during which the protectors were used was self-recorded by each subject. The results show that there are significant differences between that claimed by the supplier and effective attenuation. Protectors which were more comfortable tended to be more efficient than protectors with a higher claimed attenuation, but which were less comfortable.
Descriptors (primary) hearing protection; comfort assessment; sound attenuation; noise
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; selection of equipment; noisiness
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePortugal
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Hearing protection
Accident research
Noise