Workers' reactions to their noise-induced hearing loss: Acknowledgement versus avoidance

M. T. Westbrook*, A. Hogan, M. Pennay, V. Legge

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Audiometric testing of 61 workers in an engineering workshop found that 64% had sustained significant hearing loss. Questionnaire screening prior to testing indicated that 73% of workers with moderate or severe loss were aware of it. However, workers with mild loss were less likely to report a problem than those with no loss. When diagnosed, workers who had suspected a loss prior to testing expressed worry about their loss. Those who had previously denied having a problem tended to avoid the follow-up interview or to say they were not worried. Ways in which workers had coped with hearing loss were investigated. The implications for hearing conservation and rehabilitative programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-242
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


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