What do we know about hearing protector comfort?
Noise Health 2008 Jul-Sep; 10(40):83-89
The purpose of the present article is to review comfort studies on hearing protector devices. Comfort is probably the most important dimension for long-term worker acceptance and effective wear of hearing protectors in noise. A short digression has been made to introduce comfort work from the textile and clothing industries where models of comfort have been attempted and comfort research is much more sophisticated. Finally, presented are some recent efforts by NIOSH to examine issues of hearing protector comfort in greater detail. These efforts include a field study of a semicustom earplug hearing protector.
Occupational-exposure; Hearing; Hearing-conservation; Hearing-protection; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Comfort-zones; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Equipment-design;
Author Keywords: Comfort; Hearing protectors; Personal protective equipment
Rickie R. Davis, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Applied Research and Technology, Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch, Hearing Loss Prevention Team, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998
Noise & Health