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Management of Hearing Conservation Data with Microcomputers.
Hearing Conservation in Industry, Schools, and the Military 1988:113-143
The means by which microcomputers may be used for audiogram data management systems were discussed. Microcomputer requirements were described, and reasons for using a microcomputer were presented. Required record keeping included exposure measurements, audiometric tests, audiometric room tests, and audiometer calibration. Optional information that might be useful in records was presented. Database definition was discussed, including flat files and relational files. Microcomputer management of a database was addressed, including computer considerations and software considerations. assembled, compiled, and interpreted computer programs; passwords; command versus menu driven systems; data screens; keyboard entries; batch or individual processing; system growth; networking; licenses versus ownership; programming bugs; program improvements and upgrades; archiving procedures; and report styles were considered. Importing preexisting or new data was discussed. Exporting data was addressed in terms of getting data from the test site to the computer and moving data in hard copy by hand entry, direct entry, or indirect entry. Future possibilities were discussed including high speed microcomputing processing, high speed printing, field systems, high speed modems and error checking, better storage media, and more powerful programs. Custom software was compared to commercial software. The author concludes that hearing conservation data left in a file cabinet serves no one, but use of such data to reduce occupational noise induced hearing loss serves everyone, and microcomputer management of such data is essential to achieving the latter.
Hearing-protection; Data-processing; Information-systems; Computer-equipment; Hearing-tests; Noise-exposure; Occupational-exposure;
Hearing Conservation in Industry, Schools, and the Military
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