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Document ID (ISN)103380
CIS number 04-439
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hsu Y.L., Huang C.C., Yo C.Y., Chen C.J., Lien C.M.
Title Comfort evaluation of hearing protection
Bibliographic information June 2004, Vol.33, No.6, p.543-551. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract Hearing protection is highly important for workers exposed to noisy environments, although the willingness of workers to wear hearing protectors depends to a large degree on their comfort. In this study, workers' experience and comfort needs for hearing protection were investigated through a questionnaire that established the comfort indices for hearing protection. An earmuff comfort tester was designed to measure the comfort indices, and an experiment was conducted to transpose workers' perceived comfort into quantitative data. These data enabled the determination of the range of these comfort indices in which workers feel comfortable. Guidelines to improve the design of current hearing protection based on these comfort indices are proposed, which may help increase workers' willingness to wear this equipment.
Descriptors (primary) comfort assessment; hearing protection
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; earplugs; comfort criteria; tests on models; description of technique; earmuffs
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTaiwan (China)
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Accident research
Hearing protection