An Evaluation of the U.S. Air Force's Detailed Follow-Up Audiometric Examination Program
ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DIRECTORATE
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The authors used information on individuals demonstrating permanent threshold shifts contained in the United States Air Force Hearing Conservation Data Registry to evaluate the effectiveness of detailed follow-up audiometric examinations as part of the USAF Hearing conservation Program. Analysis yielded a relative risk of 1.00 with a 95 confidence interval of 0.97-1.03, which indicates a high probability that the true effect of these audiograms on the results of the next annual exam is minuscule, if not zero.
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