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August 1954

The Relations of Hearing Loss to Noise Exposure.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954;60(2):261-262. doi:10.1001/archotol.1954.00720010267017

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This is a report prepared by the Subcommittee Z-24-X-2 of the American Standards Association, formed primarily to explore the relations between hearing loss in industrial workers and exposure to industrial noise. The minimum objectives were to determine the problems involved in the reliable measurement of hearing loss resulting from exposure to industrial noise and the difficulties that stand in the way of establishing criteria for the protection of hearing. Although the expressed purpose was exploration, the report itself reveals trends, concepts, and conclusions of considerable significance. It is an astute, cautious, and painstaking analysis of data obtained from numerous industries, principally by Dr. Wayne Rudmose and Dr. Walter Rosenblith, of the Committee.

The criteria for usability of the data were based on rigid requirements for audiometry, spectral and temporal noise characteristics, duration of exposure, and no previous exposure to intense noise. Tens of thousands of audiograms were taken in industry,

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