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Hearing loss in the chinchilla from impact and continuous noise exposure.

Authors
Dunn-DE; Davis-RR; Merry-CJ; Franks-JR
Source
J Acoust Soc Am 1991 Oct; 90(4):1979-1985
NIOSHTIC No.
00203149
Abstract
A determination was made of the relative hazard posed to the peripheral auditory system following impact/impulse and continuous noise of the same power spectrum. Sixteen chinchillas were used in the study. The impact waveform was generated by a hammer striking a nail that was partially embedded in a piece of lumber. The continuous noise was pink noise generated by a General Radio 1382 random noise generator and shaped with a General Radio 1925 one third octave multifilter. The spectrum of the pink noise was shaped to be the same as the impact noise. The impact noise group received 32 656 impacts each day for 5 consecutive days. The continuous noise exposed group was exposed to 4 hours of continuous noise at 110 decibels sound pressure level linear root mean square for 5 consecutive days. Hearing threshold shifts of the impact noise group were significantly greater than the hearing threshold shifts of the continuous noise group. The authors conclude that for the parameters selected the impact noise was more deleterious to hearing than continuous noise with the same acoustic power spectrum.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Hearing-loss; Laboratory-animals; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Industrial-noise; Hearing-threshold
CODEN
JASMAN
Publication Date
19911001
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0001-4966
NIOSH Division
DBBS
Priority Area
Noise-induced-hearing-loss
Source Name
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
State
OH
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