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Audiology 2015;11(3): 196-202.
Published online: July 31, 2015.
doi: http://doi.org/10.21848/audiol.2015.11.3.196
소음환경이 대전지역 전화상담원들의 청력에 미치는 영향
박성일, 추서재, 구지혜, 윤혜란, 임선미
우송대학교 언어치료청각재활학부
The Affect the Noise Environment to the Hearing Sensitivity for the Telephone Counselors in Daejeon
Sungil Park, Seojae Chu, Jihye Gu, Hyeran Yoon, Sunmi Lim
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Woosong University, Daejeon, Korea
Correspondence  Sungil Park ,Tel: (042) 630-9224, Fax: (042) 630-9229, Email: psiyes@naver.com
Received: May 15, 2015; Revised: June 23, 2015   Accepted: July 10, 2015.  Published online: July 31, 2015.
In this study, the hearing of the employees who work in telephone consultation was examined whether it had been affected by the noise exposures in the work environments. Noise can damage the sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). The fifteen employees with 5 years of working experience as a telephone counselor were the experimental group and fifteen employees who work in usual offices were the control group. Portable pure tone audiometry was conducted in a quiet room. In the result, the hearing of both ears was better in the control group than the experimental group. The degree of hearing loss in the right ear appeared larger than the left ear in the control group. Also, the pure tone average of the experimental group was significantly larger than that of the controal group. In particular, the differences of 4,000 and 8,000 Hz between groups were greater than other frequencies. These results indicated that noise environment affects hearing thresholds of the experimental group. However, in this study, we tested only 15 phone counselors. So further studies are needed to investigate a big test group.
Key Words: Hearing loss, Noise exposure, Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), Telephone consultation
중심단어: 난청, 소음노출, 소음성난청, 전화 상담
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