Military and Leisure-Time Noise Exposure and Hearing Thresholds of Finnish Conscripts
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 173, Number 9, September 2008 , pp. 906-912(7)
Abstract:This study presents an evaluation of the total cumulative noise exposure of Finnish conscripts (N = 416) during military service. All of the conscripts underwent a hearing screening and filled out a noise exposure questionnaire at the beginning and end of their military service. Eighty-nine percent of the conscripts were exposed weekly to military noise of over 85 dBA during the service. Eighteen percent of the conscripts had already reached at the end of their military service a cumulative noise dose corresponding to noise exposure of 85 dB for 40 years. During military service, permanent hearing loss of >20 dB in the frequency range of 0.5 to 8 kHz increased from 19 to 27% among the conscripts.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Akukon Consulting Engineers, Ltd., Kornetintie 4A, FI-00380 Helsinki, Finland. 2: Pori Brigade, Garrison Hospital, P.O. Box 38, FIN-27801 Säkylä, Finland. 3: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, P.O. Box 486, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland. 4: University of Kuopio, P.O. Box 1777, FI-70211 Kuopio, Finland. 5: Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Kuopio, P.O. Box 1627, FI-70211 Kuopio, Finland. 6: Finnish Defence Forces/Logistics, P.O. Box 919, FI-00131 Helsinki, Finland.
Publication date: September 2008
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