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Effectiveness evaluation of an educational action in placement of hearing protector devices in workers exposed to noise occupational

Grant number: 15/23356-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Speech Therapy
Principal researcher:Alessandra Giannella Samelli
Grantee:Mirian Missae Takada
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), develops slowly as a result of continuous or intermittent exposure to excessive noise, causing progressive and irreversible hearing loss. Although there is a great potential for prevention, NIHL is still a prevalent occupational problem. One way to minimize the noise are hearing protection devices (HPD), because they are economically viable and short-term effect. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of an educational activity on the hearing protection of workers exposed to occupational noise, comparing the attenuation values of two ear plugs through Earfit Validation System equipment and assess the perception of users regarding comfort of those devices. Methods: Participants of this study were 30 employees of a public university in São Paulo, exposed to noise, of both genders, aged above 18 years old. We will measure the hearing attenuation levels of two HPD, Pomp-plus and 1100. In the first collection prompted the participant to place the protector according to the package directions. The second collection will be after the participant have been receiving the demonstration on the correct placement of the hearing protector. Then, they will respond a questionnaire assessing the comfort of HPD. The data will be tabulated and a descriptive analysis will be done.

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TAKADA, MIRIAN MISSAE; ROCHA, CLAYTON HENRIQUE; NEVES-LOBO, IVONE FERREIRA; MOREIRA, RENATA RODRIGUES; SAMELLI, ALESSANDRA GIANNELLA. Training in the proper use of earplugs: An objective evaluation. WORK-A JOURNAL OF PREVENTION ASSESSMENT & REHABILITATION, v. 65, n. 2, p. 401-407, . (15/23356-0)

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