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Hearing loss litigation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19355109     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Most hearing loss in American adults is attributable to aging, noise, or a combination of these two. While most claims for noise-induced hearing loss are handled administratively in workers compensation, litigation against employers, premises owners, and manufacturers of noisy equipment continues to pose interesting challenges. Issues of negligence often involve professionals with expertise in noise control, hearing conservation program management, product labeling, and human factors. There are usually two primary issues for clinician experts: How severe is the hearing loss, and what caused it? Audiologists and otologists can draw upon a mass of research to support reasonable opinions in cases with complete data sets. Unfortunately, important data from the past (e.g., changes in noise exposure and hearing loss over a career) are often impossible to obtain. Forensic consulting is terra incognita for most clinicians, requiring analyses and judgments that are rarely called for in clinical practice.
Robert A Dobie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  125     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2628     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept. of Otolaryngol., UC-Davis, Sacramento CA 95817.
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