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Document ID (ISN)105008
CIS number 06-691
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hong O.S.
Title Hearing loss among operating engineers in American construction industry
Bibliographic information Aug. 2005, Vol.78, No.7, p.565-574. Illus. 53 ref.
Abstract This study examined the prevalence and characteristics of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among engineers operating heavy construction machinery. Demographic and occupational data were collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire and the 623 participants underwent audiometric tests and otoscopic examinations. Over 60% showed hearing loss in the noise-sensitive higher frequencies of 4 and 6kHz. The degree of hearing loss was particularly high among workers who reported long years of working in the construction industry. Average reported use of hearing protection devices (HPDs) was 48% of the time they were required to be used. A significant inverse relationship was found between 4-6kHz hearing loss and use of HPDs.
Descriptors (primary) USA; noise; hearing loss; drivers; construction equipment; construction sites
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; questionnaire survey; audiometric tests; length of exposure; disobeying safety instructions; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Construction industry
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Noise
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage