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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 78  |  Page : 358--363

Pure tone hearing thresholds and leisure noise: Is there a relationship?

National Acoustic Laboratories, Sydney, and The Hearing Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Warwick Williams
Macquarie University, National Acoustic Laboratories, Level 5, 16 University Avenue, New South Wales - 2109
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.165066

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This paper reports on the examination of the relationship between self-reported historical noise exposure during leisure activities and audiological indicators: Measured hearing threshold levels (HTLs) and otoacoustic emissions (OAEs). The research was conducted by a cross-sectional survey of 1,432 individuals whose ages ranged from 11 years to 35 years. Methodology included a comprehensive audiometric assessment including otoscopy, pure tone audiometry (PTA) (air- and bone-conduction), OAEs, and tympanometry. A comprehensive questionnaire gathered information on demographics, hearing health status, and participation in work, nonwork, and leisure activities. Using the history of work, nonwork, and leisure noise exposure, a cumulative lifetime noise exposure was estimated. No correlation was found between cumulative lifetime noise exposure and audiometric PTA or OAE parameters.


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