Accession Number : ADA130676

Title :   Attenuation Variation Obtained with Subject Fit of the Sigma Engineering Triple-Flange Insert Hearing Protective Device,

Corporate Author : ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL

Personal Author(s) : Goldstein,Jerod L

PDF Url : ADA130676

Report Date : Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The sound attenuation provided by a preformed-flange insert hearing protective device was determined when the user had no fitting instructions or training in the use of the device. This situation does occur in many instances among US Army personnel. The results of this study indicate that lack of training in the use of the Sigma Engineering Triple-Flange earplug reduces the available sound attenuation provided by the earplug by approximately 5 dB at most frequencies. Furthermore, the attenuation was more variable than that found in the experimenter fit group of subjects tested. Adequate fitting instructions should be developed and issued with the hearing protectors. Users should be trained in the use of the device. (Author)

Descriptors :   *EAR PROTECTORS, ACOUSTIC ATTENUATION, EAR, FREQUENCY

Subject Categories : Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE