HEARING LOSS PREVENTION
Our research has resulted in a number of outputs including papers, journal articles, conferences, advice to standards organizations, NIOSH communication products, and patents. The following is a list of selected examples:
- Criteria for a Recommended Standard – Occupational Noise Exposure Revised Criteria, NIOSH document 98-126, 1998. This document broke new ground in key aspects of a recommended standard, e.g., the recommendation of 85 dB(A) as the recommended exposure limit (REL), along with a 3 dB exchange rate. The criteria document has had a strong influence on policies and practices in other governmental agencies and professional organizations, including DOD, NASA, AAA, and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation.
- Effects of Occupational Exposure to Organic Solvents and Noise on Hearing, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work and Environmental Health, 1993. This seminal paper by Morata and her colleagues on mixed exposures and related occupational hearing loss has influenced this program and many others. It has been cited at least 75 times.
- Development of a new standard protocol for estimating the field effectiveness of hearing protection devices, Part I: Research of Working Group II, Accredited Standards Committee S12, Noise. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 1996. The interlaboratory results first described by Royster et al. were the basis for several national and international regulations, standards, and recommendations on evaluating hearing protection devices.
- Noise controls for continuous miners, published in the Proceedings of the 10th International Meeting on Low Frequency Noise and Vibration and Its Control, 2002. This document presented the research and development of the coated flight bars, the most significant intermediate outcome of our engineering noise control efforts. This document has also been effective in reaching other governmental agencies, professional organizations, and mining companies throughout the world with information on the engineering noise control efforts of the HLR program.
As part of the National Academies review process, a comprehensive detailed listing of the outputs for each research area subgoal has been completed. Links to these outputs may be found here.
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