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Typical noise exposure in daily life.
Flamme GA; Stephenson MR; Deiters K; Tatro A; Van Gessel D; Geda K; Wyllys K; McGregor K
Int J Audiol 2012 Feb; 51(S1):S3-S11
Objective: Identify the distribution of typical noise levels present in daily life and identify factors associated with average sound levels. Design: This was an observational study. Study sample: Participants (N=286) were 20 to 68 year old men and women, drawn from the general population of Kalamazoo County, Michigan. A total of 73,000 person-hours of noise monitoring were conducted. Results: Median overall daily average levels were 79 and 77 dBLeq A,8,equiv, with average levels exceeding EPA recommended levels for 70% of participants. Median levels were similar between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and varied little across days of the week. Gender, occupational classification, and history of occupational noise exposure were related to average noise levels, but age, educational attainment, and non-occupational noise exposures were not. Conclusions: A large portion of the general population is exposed to noise levels that could result in long-term adverse effects on hearing. Gender and occupation were most strongly related to exposure, though most participants in this study had occupations that are not conventionally considered noisy.
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Acoustical-measurements; Noise; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-levels; Noise-measurement; Exposure-limits; Exposure-levels; Sound; Hearing; Hearing-level; Hearing-loss; Environmental-exposure; Author Keywords: Hearing loss; noise-induced; occupational noise; environmental exposure
Gregory A. Flamme, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Western Michigan University, 1903 Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5355
International Journal of Audiology
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