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Document ID (ISN)44639
CIS number 85-1573
ISSN - Serial title 1775-8785 - Archives des maladies professionnelles
Year 1984
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jegaden D.
Title Noise aboard ships: its effects on the hearing of merchant seamen
Original title Bruit Ó bord des navires: son retentissement sur la fonction auditive des marins de commerce [in French]
Bibliographic information 1984, Vol.45, No.5, p.345-349. Illus. 6 ref.
Abstract This study involved 222 seamen (132 of whom were engine-room workers), who spend several months every year at sea. A noise evaluation of ships has shown that important differences exist between engine rooms and other areas aboard. Audiometric examinations showed that engine-room workers, exposed throughout the day to noise levels above 90dB(A), suffered hearing impairment (with peak impairment at 4000Hz), while the other seamen, whose exposure was in the 60-85dB(A) range, suffered from premature presbycusis. The periodic nature of work aboard (3 months work/2 months vacation) and the retirement age (55 years) account for the fact that the hearing damage suffered by engine-room workers is limited, despite the very high levels of noise they are exposed to. Emphasis is on noise control aboard ships, on medical surveillance of workers at risk and on audiometric examinations of engine-workers every two years.
Descriptors (primary) noise; ships; water transport; audiology; hearing loss
Descriptors (secondary) noise control; audiometric tests; noise level measurement
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
Water transportation