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Document ID (ISN)55164
CIS number 91-284
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chavalitsakulchai P., Kawakami T., Kongmuang U., Vivatjestsadawut P., Leongsrisook W.
Title Noise exposure and permanent hearing loss of textile workers in Thailand
Bibliographic information Mar. 1989, Vol.27, No.4, p.165-173. 8 ref.
Abstract Hearing loss induced by noise exposure in a large scale textile mill (number of workers = 1,611) in Thailand was investigated on the basis of interviews, noise measurements, and audiometric tests. The frequency of subjective symptoms relating to noise exposure was higher in the weavers than among other mill workers and office workers. The average noise levels in the weaving sections and other sections were 101.3▒2.7 dB(A) and 89.8▒5.3 dB(A), respectively. The results of the audiometric tests revealed the significantly higher noise-induced hearing loss among workers in the weaving section compared to other mill workers and office workers (P<0.01). Among weavers, hearing levels decreased with longer years of work. 38.6% of the weavers never used personal noise protective devices. It was concluded that hearing loss status in the workers of the mill was serious. Improvements by means of integrated work organisation activities were recommended.
Descriptors (primary) noise; hearing loss; audiometric tests; textile industry; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) Thailand; developing countries; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan; Thailand
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
Exposure evaluation