Document Detail

Evaluation by industrial workers of passive and level-dependent hearing protection devices.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21173484     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Level-dependent hearing protection devices (HPDs) provide protection from intense sound, while offering amplification for speech and other signals in lower levels of noise. These HPDs have been developed in response to the communication and operational needs of noise-exposed persons in industry and the military. This study was conducted to examine industrial workers' perceptions of the performance of two level-dependent HPDs (one with integrated radio communication capability and one without it) and their customary passive HPDs. This research took place at a plastic film manufacturing plant in Rhode Island, USA, following a mixed-measures design. Fifteen maintenance technicians at the plant evaluated the two level-dependent HPDs, plus their customary passive HPDs, in three separate trial periods. Data were collected via a questionnaire designed for this purpose. Mixed-model analyses of variance were performed on all dependent measures. Linear and quadratic effect sizes were assessed with eta. Results revealed that the two level-dependent HPDs offered better perceived communication and situational awareness than the workers' customary passive HPDs. However, the level-dependent HPDs were rated lower than the passive HPDs in terms of usability and comfort. To increase workers' acceptance of level-dependent HPDs, usability issues must be addressed by the HPD manufacturers.
Jennifer B Tufts; Mark A Hamilton; Amanda J Ucci; James Rubas
Related Documents :
21421344 - Integration of polyamines in the cold acclimation response.
21166284 - Isolation and characterization of pyrene metabolizing microbial consortia from the plan...
21227244 - Fruit-eating birds and bird-dispersed plants in the tropics and temperate zone.
21458554 - Medicinal plants of the mien (yao) in northern thailand and their potential value in th...
19143314 - Effects of dissolved organic matter from sewage sludge on sorption of tetrabromobisphen...
11262034 - Composition and antimicrobial activity of the essential oils of five taxa of sideritis ...
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Noise & health     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1463-1741     ISO Abbreviation:  Noise Health     Publication Date:    2011 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815620     Medline TA:  Noise Health     Country:  India    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  26-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT, USA.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  The possible influence of noise frequency components on the health of exposed industrial workers - A...
Next Document:  The sound of operation and the acoustic attenuation of the Ohmeda Medical Giraffe OmniBed TM.