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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318293aee0
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Hearing Loss and Use of Hearing Protection Among Career Firefighters in the United States

Hong, OiSaeng RN, PhD, FAAN; Chin, Dal Lae RN, PhD; Samo, Daniel G. MD, FACOEM



In a recently published article by Hong et al,1 there were two errors related to the acronym PASS:

1. In the last sentence on page 960 (...through the power analysis using Personal Alert Safety System (PASS) software), PASS is an acronym for Power Analysis and Sample Size.

2. In the second paragraph on page 964 (...cries for help, PASS alarms), PASS should be spelled out as Personal Alert Safety System alarms.

The authors apologize for the errors.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 55(11):1364, November 2013.

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Objective: To determine the prevalence and characteristics of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and the use of hearing protection devices (HPDs) among career firefighters.

Methods: A Web-based survey and a standard audiometric test were performed with 425 firefighters from three states in the United States.

Results: More than 40% showed hearing loss in the noise-sensitive frequencies (4 and 6 kHz). The left ear showed significantly poorer hearing than the right ear. Firefighters having longer years of work in fire services demonstrated significantly worse hearing. Reported use of HPDs was 34% of the time that was needed. Firefighters who used HPDs less were significantly more likely to have hearing loss.

Conclusions: This study demonstrated a considerable NIHL problem and low use of HPDs in firefighters. More comprehensive hearing conservation programs should be implemented to reduce NIHL for firefighters.

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