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Document ID (ISN)107672
CIS number 08-198
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kurmis A.P., Apps S.A.
Title Occupationally-acquired noise-induced hearing loss: A senseless workplace hazard
Bibliographic information 2nd Quarter 2007, Vol.20, No.2, p.127-136. Illus. 76 ref.
Abstract The aim of this literature survey was to provide a synopsis of the current understanding of occupational noise-induced hearing loss and its impact on individual workers and on society at large, and to identify barriers to the systematic use of hearing protection. A number of publications describing the relationship between workplace-related noise exposure and subsequent development of employee hearing impairment demonstrate an overwhelming gender imbalance, with up to 97% of affected individuals being male. Industry-specific associations (e.g. mining, manufacturing and heavy construction) were well documented, as were exposures to specific ototoxic substances. However, evidence of integration of appraisal of the topically-current area of genetic susceptibility was often lacking. Much discordance still exists among international agencies in the prescriptive regulation and enforcement of "safe" exposure limits. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; noise level; ototoxic effects; hearing loss; organic solvents
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; hearing protection; manufacturing industries; safety consciousness; exposure evaluation; cost of diseases; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; dose-response relationship; mining industry; construction industry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Noise
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage