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Document ID (ISN)110381
CIS number 09-1242
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wagstaff A.S., ┼rva P.
Title Hearing loss in civilian airline and helicopter pilots compared to air traffic control personnel
Bibliographic information Oct. 2009, Vol.80, No.10, p.857-861. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract In order to investigate possible hearing loss as a consequence of aviation noise, audiometric data from Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel, airline pilots and helicopter pilots was compared. Male subjects randomly-selected from the Norwegian civil aviation staff included 50 ATC, 81 helicopter pilots and 51 airline pilots, who were subjected to audiometric testing at two intervals 2-3yrs apart. For all three groups, mean hearing threshold levels were above ISO 7129 values for most frequencies. The fact that helicopter pilots had similar hearing loss to their other aviation colleagues indicates that current hearing protection for these pilots is effective in counteracting the increased noise levels in helicopters. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) aircraft; helicopters; air traffic control; air transport; hearing loss
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; Norway; comparative study; audiometric tests; male workers
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Air transportation
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage