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Nurs Clin North Am. 2002 Jun;37(2):257-62, vi.

Preventing noise-induced hearing loss.

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  • 1Occupational Health Nursing Program, University of Michigan, School of Nursing, 400 N. Ingalls, Rm 3182, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0482, USA.


Noise-induced hearing loss is a significant, irreversible impairment, but one that is preventable. The numbers of persons, including children, exposed to high noise is increasing, necessitating the use of hearing protection if the noise cannot be reduced to a safe level. The effectiveness of interventions has been tested with select worker groups, but use of hearing protection continues to be less than necessary when in workers are exposed to high noise. Clinicians have an essential role in educating clients of all ages about this problem and in assisting them in protecting their hearing.

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