"Sociocusis" - hearing loss from non-occupational noise exposure.
Cohen A; Anticaglia J; Jones HH
Transactions of the Thirty-Second Annual Meeting of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, May 10-12, 1970, Detroit, Michigan. 1970 May; :108-132
Occupational and nonoccupational exposure to intense sound was contrasted with respect to levels and duration of exposure. The potential for hearing loss due to nonoccupational noise sources was considered in light of hearing conservation criteria and data about hearing changes by off job noises. Results linked noise levels associated with recreation, public transportation, transportation facilities, and work sites with a limited risk of hearing loss in people having extended exposure. Lack of safe exposure levels for certain nonoccupational noise exposures was considered. Evidence of permanent noise induced hearing loss due to off job exposures was considered to be limited. Apparent losses were prominent at the high frequencies but not sufficient in the speech frequency range to warrant compensation. Prevalence and severity of hearing loss problems in industry were considered to be increased by the inability of the worker to find off job environments or activities quiet enough to allow his ears to recover.
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