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Noise exposures in aircraft passenger cabins during flight operations.

Authors
Tubbs-RL
Source
NHCA Spectrum 2005 Feb; 22(Suppl 1):25
NIOSHTIC No.
20029053
Abstract
NIOSH received a request for a noise evaluation from flight attendants working for a commuter airline. The aircraft tested included four turboprop planes and two regional jets. A series of I5-second samples were collected and stored with a real-time analyzer during takeoff, landing, and at cruise altitude. Noise data showed the individual commuter flights were not loud enough to increase the risk of noise-induced hearing loss for flight attendants. However, if the aircraft's noise-vibration suppression system was not operating during flight, then there could possibly be noise overexposures. The spectral data revealed the possibility of interference in communications between passengers and the flight crew. The NIOSH investigator proposed the use of "musiciantype" ear plugs by flight attendants if FAA approval can be obtained.
Keywords
Aircraft; Noise-exposure; Aircrews; Airport-personnel; Flight-personnel; Sampling; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-control; Noise-protection; Hearing-protection
Publication Date
20050224
Document Type
Abstract; Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
30th Annual NHCA Hearing Conservation Conference, February 24-26, 2005, Tucson, Arizona
State
OH
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