This study tested the hypotheses that, in high noise levels [=85 dB (A) ], hearing protection devices are used largely by workers sensitive to noise, as reflected by reports of noise annoyance, and that the usage would reduce distress symptoms.
Data collected from 1587 healthy male blue-collar workers included noise exposure level, noise annoyance, use of hearing protection devices, distress symptoms (somatic complaints and poststress irritability), and possible confounding by age, education and ethnic origin.
RESULTS Multiple logistic regression results indicated that the use of hearing protection devices was related to noise exposure level [odds ratio (OR) 2.94,95% confidence interval (95% CI) 2.58-3.30], but more so to high noise annoyance (OR 3.03,95% CI 2.77-3.29), even after control for age, education, and ethnic origin.
Mots-clés Pascal : Bruit, Nuisance acoustique, Toxicité, Exposition professionnelle, Prévention, Homme, Stress, Travailleur, Dispositif protection, Médecine travail
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Noise, Noise pollution, Toxicity, Occupational exposure, Prevention, Human, Stress, Worker, Protective device, Occupational medicine
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0636553
Code Inist : 002A08E. Création : 09/06/1995.