+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Noise exposure and hearing conservation practices in an industry with high incidence of workers' compensation claims for hearing loss



Noise exposure and hearing conservation practices in an industry with high incidence of workers' compensation claims for hearing loss



American Journal of Industrial Medicine 42(4): 309-317



Washington State has experienced a striking increase in workers' compensation claims for hearing loss. This cross-sectional study examined noise exposures and hearing conservation practices in one industry with a high rate of hearing loss claims. We evaluated 10 representative foundries with personal noise dosimetry, management interviews, employee interviews, and existing audiometry. Noise levels routinely exceeded 85 dBA. All companies were out of compliance with hearing conservation regulations. Most employees with important findings on audiograms were not aware of their findings. There was a significant positive correlation between management-interview scores and worksite-average employee-interview scores (r = 0.70, P = 0.02). Companies where more effort is put into hearing conservation program activities can achieve a greater positive impact on employee awareness. However, there were broad deficiencies even in the better programs in this sample, suggesting that workers in this industry probably face a continuing substantial risk of occupational hearing loss.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 011064089

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 12271478

DOI: 10.1002/ajim.10124


Related references

Compensation claims for occupational noise induced hearing loss between 1998 and 2008: yearly incidence rates and trends in older workers. Australian and new Zealand Journal of Public Health 40(2): 181-185, 2016

The impact of hearing conservation programs on incidence of noise-induced hearing loss in Canadian workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 51(12): 923-931, 2008

Prevention of the Evolution of Workers' Hearing Loss from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Noisy Environments through a Hearing Conservation Program. International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology 20(1): 43-47, 2016

Exaggerated hearing loss in noise induced hearing loss compensation claims in Victoria. Medical Journal of Australia 163(7): 360-363, 1995

Exaggerated hearing loss in noise-induced hearing loss compensation claims in Victoria. Medical Journal of Australia 164(4): 251-252, 1996

A survey of states' workers' compensation practices for occupational hearing loss. Ad Hoc Committee on Worker's Compensation American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Asha. Supplement: 2-8, 1992

Working in noise with a hearing loss: perceptions from workers, supervisors, and hearing conservation program managers. Ear and Hearing 26(6): 529-545, 2005

Use of hearing protection and perceptions of noise exposure and hearing loss among construction workers. American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal 59(7): 466-470, 1998

The risk of tinnitus following occupational noise exposure in workers with hearing loss or normal hearing. International Journal of Audiology 47(3): 109-114, 2008

Occupational exposure to noise and hearing injury: estimation of the frequency of hearing loss among workers in Emilia-Romagna. La Medicina del Lavoro 78(4): 311-321, 1987

The effects of a hearing education program on recreational noise exposure, attitudes and beliefs toward noise, hearing loss, and hearing protector devices in young adults. Noise and Health 17(78): 253-262, 2015

Costs of workers' compensation claims for hearing loss. Journal of Occupational Medicine. 31(2): 134-138, 1989

Relation between hearing damage and hearing fatigue in textile industry workers exposed to a high level of noise. Srpski Arhiv Za Celokupno Lekarstvo 108(1): 11-20, 1980

Industrial machinery and workers' compensation claims for hearing loss. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 62(S1): S8-S8, 1977

Current status of hearing loss and related influencing factors in workers with noise exposure in refining and chemical industry. Zhonghua Lao Dong Wei Sheng Zhi Ye Bing Za Zhi 34(12): 917-919, 2016