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Hearing status among commercial pilots in a Swedish airline company
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. (Eva Vingård)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. (Eva Vingård)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. (Eva Vingård)
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, Vol. 47, no 8, 515-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim was to study hearing impairment in commercial pilots. A total of 634 male and 30 female pilots (N=664) in a Swedish airline company underwent repeated audiological tests during the period 1974-2005. The last test was used to study hearing impairment. The mean values for the hearing test at 3, 4, and 6 kHz were used for the ear with worse hearing impairment. Data was compared with a general adult Swedish population (n=603) not occupationally exposed to noise. Equivalent noise levels gate to gate (Leq) were measured in the cockpit of different aircraft. Leq was 75-81 dB (A), peak exposures were 105 dB (A) from the cabin call signal. Median values were similar as in the reference group at all ages. There was no association between years of employment, tobacco smoking, and hearing impairment, when adjusted for age and gender by multiple logistic regressions analysis. In conclusion, pilots are exposed to equivalent noise levels below the current Swedish occupational standard of 85 dB (A), with short peak exposures above the standard, and have normal age-matched hearing thresholds.

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2008. Vol. 47, no 8, 515-9 p.
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Aerospace medicine, Aircraft Pilots, Hearing impairment, Hearing thresholds
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-88248DOI: 10.1080/14992020802064633ISI: 000258371700007PubMedID: 18608533OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-88248DiVA: diva2:139889
Available from: 2009-01-27 Created: 2009-01-27 Last updated: 2009-10-08Bibliographically approved

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