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Document ID (ISN)109363
CIS number 09-433
ISSN - Serial title 0465-546X - Medicina y seguridad del trabajo
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gómez Mur P., Pérez Bermúdez B., Meneses Monroy A.
Title Hearing loss due to noise exposure among construction industry workers
Original title Pérdidas auditivas relacionadas con la exposición a ruido en trabajadores de la construcción [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information 4th quarter 2008, Vol.54, No.213, p.33-40. 18 ref.
Internet access [in Spanish]
Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) among construction workers. It involved pure tone audiometry of 223 construction workers compared to that of 262 office workers. A significantly higher NIHL bilateral prevalence was found for construction workers, with odds ratios for the Klockhoff method and Bilateral Notch of 3.1 and 3.8 respectively. Results indicate that 20.7% to 24.3% of construction workers present bilateral NIHL, compared to 8.4% to 8.8% among office workers. These findings show that it is necessary to reinforce the use of preventive measures, especially hearing protection devices.
Descriptors (primary) noise; risk factors; construction industry; hearing loss
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; Spain; statistical evaluation; case-control study; pure-tone audiometry; office work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Construction industry
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
Construction industry and civil engineering