Hearing Conservation in the Schools It has been estimated that greater than 30 million workers are exposed to on-the-job noise levels that may have deleterious effects on hearing. While this well-known statistic is depressing, it is not surprising. What is surprising is that noise-induced hearing loss among school-age children is on the rise. If ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 1997
Hearing Conservation in the Schools
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  • Dorie Watkins
    Center for Hearing Health, Inc., Pleasanton, CA
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Article   |   June 01, 1997
Hearing Conservation in the Schools
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, June 1997, Vol. 4, 1. doi:10.1044/hcoa4.1.1
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, June 1997, Vol. 4, 1. doi:10.1044/hcoa4.1.1
It has been estimated that greater than 30 million workers are exposed to on-the-job noise levels that may have deleterious effects on hearing. While this well-known statistic is depressing, it is not surprising. What is surprising is that noise-induced hearing loss among school-age children is on the rise. If hearing conservation is not introduced until an individual enters the workplace, a life's worth of bad habits may be difficult, if not impossible to undo. These “bad habits” may have already led to a substantial loss of hearing that could have been prevented if education had been implemented sooner.
This is why it is so important for audiologists to take it upon themselves to educate their communities on the hazardous effects of excessive noise exposure. Fortunately, there are many different types of educational materials that are commercially available.
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