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December 1980

Basic Industrial Hearing Conservation

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Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(12):779. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790360057016

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This is a brief introductory text with some appeal to the occupational health nurse, audiometric technician, and perhaps other industrial personnel involved in hearing conservation programs.

Most of the chapters deal with known textbook contents of sound, hearing function and disorders, and the control of noise. Several sections are controversial and deserve some comment.

One of the major concerns of the committees responsible for setting criteria for training occupational hearing conservationists has been standardization of program content. Such standardization would ensure that the knowledge and practical experience derived by the students would be the same no matter where or by whom they were trained.

The model industrial audiometric technicians' course outline presented in the appendix is similar to that recommended by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation. However, the method of hearing measurement described in chapter 4 is not the technique that has been agreed on and is

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