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October 1957

Industrial Deafness: Hearing Testing and Noise Measurement.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1957;66(4):493. doi:10.1001/archotol.1957.03830280123015

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A text on industrial deafness has long been overdue on the American medical scene. This volume is an excellent presentation, which should be of great interest not only to otologists but also to industrial physicians, safety engineers, compensation and insurance executives, and others interested in the effects of noise upon man.

This has become a noisy world. The noise has shattered our equanimity and, to a certain extent, is shattering our ears.

Since it has been demonstrated both clinically and experimentally that acoustic trauma will destroy auditory function, it behooves every physician to concern himself seriously with the effects of noise on the human ear. In military life and industry, contact with high noise levels is on the constant increase. Noise now joins the list of significant etiologic agents in the causation of disease.

Industrial medicine, otology, and preventive medicine became aware of this problem acutely during World War II

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