Hearing status among cabin crew in a Swedish commercial airline company
2009 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246, Vol. 82, no 7, 887-892 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PURPOSE: To study hearing loss in commercial airline cabin crew (CC). METHODS: Totally 155 male and 781 female CC (n = 936) in a Swedish airline company underwent repeated audiometric tests during 1974-2005. The last test was used to study hearing loss. The mean test values at 3, 4, 6 kHz were used for the ear with worse hearing loss. Data were compared with a Swedish population (n = 603) who were not occupationally exposed to noise. Equivalent noise levels (Leq) were measured in different aircraft. RESULTS: Leq was 78-84 dB (A), maximum A-weighted exposure was 114 dB. Median values for all ages were close to the reference group. No association was found between years of employment and hearing loss, when adjusting for age and gender by multiple logistic regression analysis. CONCLUSION: Cabin crew are exposed to equivalent noise levels below the current Swedish occupational standard, and have normal age-matched hearing threshold levels.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 82, no 7, 887-892 p.
Aircraft, Aviation medicine, Hearing loss, Noise, Cabin crew, Hearing threshold levels
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-88249DOI: 10.1007/s00420-008-0372-7ISI: 000266823100011PubMedID: 18972126OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-88249DiVA: diva2:139896