Historical review of efforts to reduce noise-induced hearing loss in the United States

Madeleine J. Kerr, Richard L. Neitzel, Oi Saeng Hong, Robert T. Sataloff

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Abstract

Background: Noise-induced hearing loss is a centuries-old problem that is still prevalent in the United States and worldwide. Aim: To describe highlights in the development of hearing loss prevention in the U.S. from World War II to the present. Methods: Literature review. Results: Approaches to occupational noise-induced hearing loss prevention in the United States over the past seven decades are described using a hierarchy of controls framework and an interdisciplinary perspective. Historical timelines and developmental milestones related to occupational noise-induced hearing loss prevention are summarized as a life course. Discussion: Lessons are drawn for other countries in their hearing conservation efforts. Conclusion: Future developments building on the hearing loss prevention work of the past 70 years can prevent the problem of occupational NIHL in the 21st century. Am. J. Ind. Med. 60:569–577, 2017.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-577
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2017

Keywords

  • history of occupational hearing loss
  • industrial hearing loss
  • noise induced hearing loss
  • occupational hearing loss

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