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Document ID (ISN)53735
CIS number 90-980
ISSN - Serial title 0025-7818 - Medicina del lavoro
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Soleo L., Cassano F., Mazzilli G., Martemucci A., Castrignan˛ G., Catamo E., Lasorsa G., Candilio G., Ambrosi L.
Title Evaluation of noise-induced hearing loss in a group of cement workers
Original title La valutazione del danno da rumore: Considerazioni su una casistica di esposti addetti alla produzione del cemento [in Italian]
Bibliographic information May-June 1989, Vol.80, No.3, p.229-243. Illus. 39 ref.
Abstract The study covered 1,334 workers employed in 12 cement factories located in southern Italy. They were submitted to audiometric screening consisting of a questionnaire containing questions on past otologic complaints, dysmetabolic diseases, use of ototoxic drugs and past occupational or non-occupational exposure to noise, plus otoscopic examination and full audiometric examination. The results revealed a statistically significant relationship between duration of exposure to noise and elevation in the hearing threshold. On the question of assessment of the audiometric tracings for preventive and insurance purposes, attention is drawn to the fact that there is a need for a method that will enable an evaluation for prevention to be transformed into an evaluation for insurance. This method should in any case allow for deduction of the portion of hearing loss regarding presbycusis and socioacusis and take due account of the 3KHz frequency. The attention of industry and public administration is drawn to the urgent need for prevention programmes to protect against noise-induced hearing loss in both occupational and non-occupational settings.
Descriptors (primary) cement industry; audiometric tests; hearing loss; noise
Descriptors (secondary) Italy; expertise; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
Cement and concrete
Noise