Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

Firefighters' hearing: a comparison with population databases from the International Standards Organization.

Authors
Kales-SN; Freyman-RL; Hill-JM; Polyhronopoulos-GN; Aldrich-JM; Christiani-DC
Source
J Occup Environ Med. 2001 Jul; 43(7):650-656
NIOSHTIC No.
20041031
Abstract
We investigated firefighters' hearing relative to general population data to adjust for age-expected hearing loss. For five groups of male firefighters with increasing mean ages, we compared their hearing thresholds at the 50th and 90th percentiles with normative and age- and sex-matched hearing data from the International Standards Organization (databases A and B). At the 50th percentile, from a mean age of 28 to a mean age of 53 years, relative to databases A and B, the firefighters lost an excess of 19 to 23 dB, 20 to 23 dB, and 16 to 19 dB at 3000, 4000, and 6000 Hz, respectively. At the 90th percentile, from a mean age of 28 to a mean age of 53 years, relative to databases A and B, the firefighters lost an excess of 12 to 20 dB, 38 to 44 dB, 41 to 45 dB, and 22 to 28 dB at 2000, 3000, 4000, and 6000 Hz, respectively. The results are consistent with accelerated hearing loss in excess of age-expected loss among the firefighters, especially at or above the 90th percentile.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Age-factors; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Noise; Noise-pollution; Hearing-loss; Hearing; Fire-fighters
Contact
Stefanos N. Kales, MD, MPH, Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine, The Cambridge Hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20010701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
stefokali@aol.com
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000156; Grant-Number-R01-OH-003729
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Occupational Medicine, Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts
TOP