Noise and Public Health In this article, I provide an overview of current issues and resources related to noise and public health for speech and hearing professionals and their clients. For context, some background information is given, including a brief description of the equal energy principle and the measurement of sound. Regulatory agencies and ... Article
Article  |   December 2011
Noise and Public Health
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  • Ann Dix
    Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, College of Health and Rehabilitation: Sargent College at Boston University, Boston, MA
  • © 2011 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Article   |   December 2011
Noise and Public Health
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, December 2011, Vol. 12, 19-23. doi:10.1044/hcoa12.1.19
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, December 2011, Vol. 12, 19-23. doi:10.1044/hcoa12.1.19

In this article, I provide an overview of current issues and resources related to noise and public health for speech and hearing professionals and their clients. For context, some background information is given, including a brief description of the equal energy principle and the measurement of sound. Regulatory agencies and guidelines for recreational versus workplace noise are differentiated. Some common noisy recreational activities are surveyed and resources for education about hearing loss prevention are listed. Auditory as well as non-auditory health effects of noise are described and explored.

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