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What do we know about hearing protector comfort?

Authors
Davis-RR
Source
Noise Health 2008 Jul-Sep; 10(40):83-89
NIOSHTIC No.
20034935
Abstract
The purpose of the present article is to review comfort studies on hearing protector devices. Comfort is probably the most important dimension for long-term worker acceptance and effective wear of hearing protectors in noise. A short digression has been made to introduce comfort work from the textile and clothing industries where models of comfort have been attempted and comfort research is much more sophisticated. Finally, presented are some recent efforts by NIOSH to examine issues of hearing protector comfort in greater detail. These efforts include a field study of a semicustom earplug hearing protector.
Keywords
Occupational-exposure; Hearing; Hearing-conservation; Hearing-protection; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Comfort-zones; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Equipment-design; Author Keywords: Comfort; Hearing protectors; Personal protective equipment
Contact
Rickie R. Davis, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Applied Research and Technology, Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch, Hearing Loss Prevention Team, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998
CODEN
NHOEA4
Publication Date
20080701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
rrd1@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
40
ISSN
1463-1741
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Manufacturing
Source Name
Noise & Health
State
OH
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