Accession Number : ADA113724

Title :   Prenatal Effects of Exposure to High-Level Noise,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC COMMITTEE ON HEARING BIOACOUSTICS AND BIOMECHANICS

Personal Author(s) : Neff,William D

PDF Url : ADA113724

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : The U.S. Air Force asked the Committee on Hearing, Bioacoustics, and Biomechanics (CHABA) to respond to three specific questions regarding the effects on the embryos or fetuses of pregnant women exposed to high-intensity noise. The questions asked were: (1) What are the potential hazards of noise exposure; (2) On the basis of current knowledge, can reasonable limits be specified for conditions of noise exposure; and (3) What research efforts, if any, should be encouraged in order to obtain better answers to the first two questions. The Air Force request was endorsed by representatives of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Committee on Hearing, Bioacoustics, and Biomechanics appointed Working Group 85 to consider the questions raised by the Air Force. The following brief report reviews the research considered relevant by the working group, points out the problems and limitations encountered in this research and its evaluation, and concludes that on the basis of available data definite answers cannot be given to questions (1) and (2). Recommendations are made for further research. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Noise(Sound), *Bioacoustics, Ear, Intensity, High rate, Humans, Fetus, Heart rate, Exposure(Physiology), Laboratory animals, Embryos, Acoustic attenuation, Uterus

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE