Determining Work Related Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Noise is estimated to be the most common form of pollution in the United States at present (U.S. Census Bureau, 1999). Hearing loss from noise can result from occupational exposure, recreational exposure, or a combination of both. Noise-induced hearing loss has a significant economic impact on industry as state ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2004
Determining Work Related Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
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  • Alan W. Langman
    Puget Sound Hearing and Balance Seattle, WA
  • Iris B. Langman
    Puget Sound Hearing and Balance Seattle, WA
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Article   |   April 01, 2004
Determining Work Related Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2004, Vol. 10, 20-21. doi:10.1044/hcoa10.1.20
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2004, Vol. 10, 20-21. doi:10.1044/hcoa10.1.20
Noise is estimated to be the most common form of pollution in the United States at present (U.S. Census Bureau, 1999). Hearing loss from noise can result from occupational exposure, recreational exposure, or a combination of both. Noise-induced hearing loss has a significant economic impact on industry as state labor laws allow compensation for a hearing loss that is work related. Since more than 10 million workers are potentially at risk of injury from hazardous noise levels (American Academy of Otolaryngology, 1998), the industry has to spend money on (a) prevention, in the form of implementing and maintaining hearing conservation programs, (b) insurance as part of a state mandated system or a self-insured program to provide compensation to injured workers with cash awards and hearing aids, and (c) litigation.
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