Noise Exposure From Leisure Activities

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NOISE EXPOSURE FROM LEISURE ACTIVITIES

Abstract

Over the past two decades there has been increasing concern about the role of nonoccupational, or leisure noise on hearing.

This paper reviews published studies that detail the noise levels and potential effects of some noisy leisure activities.

Considered are the most common sources of leisure noise: exposure to live or amplified rock, classical, or jazz music; exposures from personal listening devices (“walkman” type); noise around the home, and hunting and target shooting.

Although all activities listed above have the potential for dangerous levels of noise exposure, the most serious threat to hearing comes from recreational hunting or target shooting.

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