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Document ID (ISN)47562
CIS number 87-297
ISSN - Serial title Recherche Transport SÚcuritÚ
Year 1986
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pachiaudi G.
Title Noise in truck driver cabs and hearing damage in truck drivers
Original title Bruit dans les cabines de poids lourds et atteinte auditive des conducteurs [in French]
Bibliographic information Mar. 1986, p.13-20. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract This study is concerned with drivers of long-distance trucks and aims to establish whether a causal relationship exists between noise levels inside the driver's cab and hearing damage in the drivers. Literature survey of the subject. Measurements of noise levels and hearing tests of 250 drivers. At low frequencies the noise exposure of drivers is below danger levels. Nevertheless, many drivers exhibit a bilateral hearing deficit (particularly in the left ear and at the frequency of 4000Hz). This deficit is related to age, job seniority and - to a lesser degree - the number of hours per week of exposure to noise. This hearing deficit is not sufficiently serious at retirement age to make the drivers eligible for compensation in France. More research is needed on the impact of low-frequency noise on hearing.
Descriptors (primary) noise; transport of materials; audiometric tests; hearing loss; trucks
Descriptors (secondary) noise level measurement
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
Road transportation
Transport of materials
Noise