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March 1965

Comparative Provisions for Occupational Hearing Loss

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(3):257-260. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050266010

IN 1946 THE Committee on Conservation of Hearing of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology established a subcommittee on noise in industry whose purpose and function was to study and report on the various aspects of the noise problem and its relation to hearing loss. The subcommittee promptly alerted industry to the many problems created by noise and published a guide1 containing recommendations for preventing or minimizing hearing loss to workers. A few years later as the result of large numbers of occupational hearing loss claims filed in the states of New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and elsewhere many diverse groups became interested in the noise problem. These groups which included members of the medical and legal professions, legislative bodies, state compensation boards, and industrial and union personnel sought the aid of otolaryngologists and the subcommittee on noise for information and guidance in dealing with the various problems

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