Towards evidence-based hearing loss prevention.
Inter-Noise 2012. The 41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, August 19-22, 2012, New York, New York. Indianapolis, IN: Institute of Noise Control Engineering, 2012 Aug; 5:4019-4023
The literature on the effectiveness of interventions to control noise and prevent hearing loss will be discussed. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included a provision for federal funding to investigate how effective health interventions are, and called on the Institute of Medicine to identify a list of priorities for such research. Research on hearing loss interventions was placed in the highest priority group. There is consensus in the literature that some interventions improve the use of hearing protection devices compared to non-intervention; there is low quality evidence that legislation can reduce noise levels in workplaces, and contradictory evidence that prevention programs are effective in the long-term. Most reported interventions focus on the use of hearing protection devices, and effectiveness depends on the quality of the implementation of prevention programs. Substantial noise control can be achieved in the workplace, with no evidence of this practice in the literature.
Noise-protection; Noise; Noise-control; Noise-exposure; Hearing-loss; Hearing; Sound; Hearing-protection; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Noise-levels; Work-environment; Work-areas; Preventive-medicine
Thais C. Morata, Division of Applied Research and Technology, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Inter-Noise 2012. The 41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, August 19-22, 2012, New York, New York