The Occurrence of Hearing Loss in a Cohort of Civilians Employed at a U.S. Navy Industrial Facility.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Although hearing loss has been the focus of national surveys in the civilian population, these surveys typically do not include occupational exposure information. Furthermore, very few studies have addressed this problem in the military, particularly in industrial settings. Audiometric data, including hearing loss information, recorded and stored in the prototype application of the Navys Occupational Health Information Management System NOHIMS has not been systematically evaluated to identify military and civilian populations that are at high risk for hearing loss. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of hearing loss in a cohort of Navy civilian workers employed at an industrialized facility. It is both appropriate and timely to look at hearing loss among civilian workers, as well as among the military, especially in relation to the recent Presidential initiative that established a government-wide five year goal of reducing civilian workplace injuryillness three percent per year.
- Environmental Health and Safety
- Noise Pollution and Control