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Evaluating tinnitus in industrial hearing loss prevention programs.

Authors
Steinmetz-LG; Zeigelboim-BS; Lacerda-ABM; Morata-TC; Marques-JM
Source
Int Tinnitus J 2008 Dec; 14(2):152-158
NIOSHTIC No.
20035376
Abstract
This study evaluated the interference of tinnitus on the quality of life for noise-exposed workers enrolled in a hearing conservation program. Noise measurements, a questionnaire, a Brazilian version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and pure-tone audiometry were conducted with 52 participants (mean age, 29 years) who suffered from tinnitus. THI results indicated that tinnitus had the greatest influence in the functional scale (54%). Significant correlations (p < .05) were observed between the periodicity of tinnitus and noise exposure level; degree of tinnitus and exposure to chemicals; total THI score and the scores of the catastrophic, emotional, and functional scales; score of the emotional scale and the functional scale; and results of the THI and the general state of health. An evaluation of tinnitus and its impact could benefit tinnitus sufferers in the workplace.
Keywords
Hearing-conservation; Hearing-disorders; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-loss; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Questionnaires; Hearing-tests; Hearing-threshold; Author Keywords: carbon monoxide; health indicators; hearing loss; risk factors
CODEN
ITJOF9
Publication Date
20081201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0946-5448
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
The International Tinnitus Journal
State
OH
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