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Noise Health. 2011 Mar-Apr;13(51):132-41. doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.77215.

Effects of training on hearing protector attenuation.

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998, USA. wjm4@cdc.gov

Abstract

The effect of training instruction, whether presented as the manufacturer's printed instructions, a short video training session specific to the product, or as a one-on-one training session was evaluated using four hearing protection devices with eight groups of subjects. Naïve subjects were recruited and tested using three different forms of training: written, video, and individual training. The group averages for A-weighted attenuation were not statistically significant when compared between the video or the written instruction conditions, regardless of presentation order. The experimenter-trained A-weighted attenuations were significantly greater than the written and video instruction for most of the protectors and groups. For each earplug, the noise reduction statistic for A-weighting (NRS A ) and the associated confidence intervals were calculated for the 80 th and 20 th percentiles of protection. Across subject groups for each protector, the differences between NRS A ratings were found to be not statistically significant. Several comparisons evaluating the order of testing, the type of testing, and statistical tests of the performance across the groups are presented.

PMID:
21368438
DOI:
10.4103/1463-1741.77215
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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