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Industrial noise and conservation of hearing.
Michael K; Byrne DC
Patty's industrial hygiene, fifth edition. Harris RL, Patty FA, eds. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2000 Mar, 2:757-810
Exposure to industrial noise and the resulting effect of occupational hearing loss is a common problem across nearly all industries. High noise levels also cause interference with verbal communication and warning signals, which can have a significant impact on safety and work performance. Finally, noise can be considered as a source of stress for workers, producing unwanted physiological and psychological effects that can lead to a degraded quality of life. Typically, noise-induced hearing loss develops slowly, and usually goes unnoticed until a significant impairment has occurred. Fortunately, occupational hearing loss is nearly always preventable. Prevention of noise induced hearing loss benefits the employer as well as the individual employees. An effective hearing conservation program promotes good labor-management relations, which can lead to increased morale and productivity. Employers enjoy the benefits of reduced medical expenses and worker compensation payments, and employees can expect to maintain their hearing health well into their retirement years.
Industrial noise; Industrial safety; Occupational hazards; Occupational health; Hearing loss; Hearing impairment; Hearing disorders; Hearing conservation; Hearing protection; Noise induced hearing loss; Noise analysis; Noise exposure; Noise levels; Noise measurement; Noise sources; Statistical analysis; Workplace studies
Harris RL; Patty FA
Patty's industrial hygiene, fifth edition
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division