Individual Risk Factors in the Development of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.

  title={Individual Risk Factors in the Development of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.},
  author={Esko Toppila and Ilmari Pyykk{\"o} and Jukka Starck and Risto Kaksonen and Hisayoshi Ishizaki},
  journal={Noise & health},
  volume={2 8},
We have analysed the association of noise-induced hearing loss with various risk factors among 685 workers in forest, shipyard, and paper mills. Occupational histories, health, environmental factors, and noise exposures of each worker were retrieved from the database of NoiseScan, our expert program on hearing. The mean hearing level at 4 kHz was 21.5 dB +/- 20.3 dB HL. It correlated significantly with age, noise emission level and noise exposure level. However, these factors could only explain… CONTINUE READING

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