Noise-induced hearing loss in workers exposed to urban stressors

Tiziana Caciari, Maria Valeria Rosati, Teodorico Casale, Beatrice Loreti, Angela Sancini, Roberto Riservato, Hector A. Nieto, Paola Frati, Francesco Tomei, Gianfranco Tomei

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Abstract

The technological and industrial progress together with the intensification of vehicular traffic and the adoption of new social habits are the cause of an increasing noise pollution with possible negative effects on the auditory system. This study aims to assess the noise exposure levels and the effects on the hearing threshold in outdoor and indoor male workers of a big Italian city. The study was carried out on 357 outdoor male workers, exposed to urban noise and on a control group of 357 unexposed indoor workers. Noise levels were measured in 30 outdoor and indoor areas. The subjects underwent tonal liminal audiometry in order to determine the value of their hearing threshold. During their working activity, outdoor and indoor workers are exposed to different noise levels LEX.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-308
Number of pages7
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume463-464
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2013

Keywords

  • Air pollutants
  • Hearing loss
  • Noise
  • Ototoxicity
  • Outdoor-indoor workers
  • Traffic policemen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Environmental Engineering

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