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Noise and its effects among fishermen from the State of Paraná, Brazil.

Authors
Paini-M; Morata-TC; Albizu-E
Source
Inter-Noise 2005. The 34th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, August 7-10, 2005, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. West Lafayette, IN: International Institute of Noise Control Engineering, 2005 Aug; 4:3047-3054
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NIOSHTIC No.
20042192
Abstract
This study investigated the noise exposure and the prevalence of hearing alterations suffered by fishermen who live at the coastline of Paraná, in order to assess how the noise from motorboats impacts that population. The case study focused on 141 fishermen ranging from 18 to 77 years of age, who were subdivided into 4 groups. The 141 participants were interviewed, underwent otoscopy and pure tone audiometry in a mobile unit. Noise measurements were taken during their working hours. The highest percentage of health and auditory-related complaints were observed among groups with a history of current and previous exposure to the engine noise from the vessel. Results showed that three of the groups had quite poor hearing, an outcome associated with their work conditions.
Keywords
Noise; Noise-exposure; Noise-sources; Motor-vehicle-parts; Fishing-industry; Humans; Hearing-acuity; Hearing-impairment; Community-noise; Outdoors; Audiological-testing; Audiometry; Noise-measurement; Work-environment; Worker-health; Employee-exposure; Age-groups
Contact
Michele Paini, Department of Communication Disorders, Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, 80710-250, Brazil
Publication Date
20050807
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Email Address
mcpaini@bol.com.br
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9781622763399
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
Inter-Noise 2005. The 34th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, August 7-10, 2005, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
State
OH; IN
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