Accession Number : ADA282024

Title :   Monitoring Audiometry In Hearing Conservation Programs.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Schulz, Thereas Y.

Report Date : 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 195

Abstract : An issue of crucial importance to any Hearing Conservation Program is the criteria for determining Significant Threshold Shift (STS), that is, the cut point for positive (abnormal) versus negative (normal) findings for an audiometric test. A second issue of importance is the follow-up process that most efficiently confirms that STS. The goal of an appropriate STS criteria is to identify individuals early in the process of noise-induced hearing loss before serious hearing loss occurs, but to avoid falsely identifying normal variability as noise-induced hearing loss. Data from the US Air Force Hearing Conservation Data Registry were used to evaluate these issues.

Descriptors :   *AUDIOMETRY, *DEAFNESS, *CONSERVATION, MONITORING, HEARING, NOISE ANALYZERS, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, AIRCRAFT NOISE, PUBLIC SAFETY, THESES, THRESHOLDS(PHYSIOLOGY).

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE