A study of the possibility of acquiring noise-induced hearing loss by the use of personal cassette players (walkman).

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A STUDY OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ACQUIRING NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS BY THE USE OF PERSONAL CASSETTE PLAYERS (WALKMAN).

Abstract

Playing various types of music on five selected personal cassette players (PCPs), A-weighted sound pressure levels (SPLs), together with octave band spectrum, were measured on KEMAR (Knowles Electronics Manikin for Acoustic Research). Maximum and equivalent SPLs were measured for various types of music, PCPs and for different gain (volume) settings.

The measured SPL-values on KEMAR ear were transformed to field values outside the ear canal by means of corrections based on KEMAR’s ear canal resonance curve–in order to compare measured values with the Norwegian national noise risk criteria. Temporary threshold shift (TTS) was measured after listening to PCP music for one hour in order to obtain additional information about possible risk of hearing damage.

TTS values are presented for six subjects when playing two different pop music cassettes on one type PCP. Our analysis indicates that the risk for permanent noise-induced hearing loss from listening to PCP is very small for normal listening conditions.

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