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November 1969

The AMA and Noise-induced Hearing Loss

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(5):543. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030545001

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AN editorial appearing in The Journal (205:928 [Sept 23]) entitled "Noise Pollution" should stir the ire of anyone remotely interested in the protection and preservation of the organ of Corti. This editorial is written in a facetious manner, obviously criticizing a national noise study by the Public Health Service's National Center for Urban and Industrial Health in Cincinnati. The comment by the latter organization which the AMA editorial designates as an "explosion" states: "It is time for public health workers to recognize noise as a problem, become knowledgeable about its consequences, support legislation that will help alleviate the problem, and promote programs aimed at noise control and prevention."

The AMA editorial states:

Medically speaking it is impossible to suggest that this conclusion has limited foundation, and that socially speaking, it may be quite untrue... The average man is depressed by the silences of the forest and the open sea,

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