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Guidelines for quantification of noise-induced hearing loss in a medicolegal context

Guidelines for quantification of noise-induced hearing loss in a medicolegal context
Guidelines for quantification of noise-induced hearing loss in a medicolegal context
Objectives

Guidelines published in 2000 by the authors are widely used by medical and legal professionals in the UK for diagnosis of noise-induced hearing loss in a medicolegal context. However, they cannot be used for quantification of the noise-induced hearing loss, which is required in most cases. This requirement is addressed.

Design

A method is developed here to quantify noise-induced hearing loss, thereby overcoming this shortcoming.

Setting

Assessment of noise-induced hearing loss in medicolegal cases.

Participants

A consecutive series of 124 cases of noise-induced hearing loss is used for evaluation.

Main outcome measure

Magnitude of noise-induced hearing loss based on hearing threshold levels averaged over the frequencies 1, 2 and 3 kHz.

Results

The rationale of the method, practical application and three worked examples are developed. A simpler short-cut method is developed and shown to be equivalent to the full method in most cases.

Conclusions

The method offers a practical approach to quantification of noise-induced hearing loss.
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347-357
Lutman, M.E.
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Coles, R.R.A.
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Buffin, J.T.
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Lutman, M.E.
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Coles, R.R.A.
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Buffin, J.T.
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Lutman, M.E., Coles, R.R.A. and Buffin, J.T. (2016) Guidelines for quantification of noise-induced hearing loss in a medicolegal context. Clinical Otolaryngology, 41 (4), 347-357. (doi:10.1111/coa.12569). (PMID:26500014)

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Abstract

Objectives

Guidelines published in 2000 by the authors are widely used by medical and legal professionals in the UK for diagnosis of noise-induced hearing loss in a medicolegal context. However, they cannot be used for quantification of the noise-induced hearing loss, which is required in most cases. This requirement is addressed.

Design

A method is developed here to quantify noise-induced hearing loss, thereby overcoming this shortcoming.

Setting

Assessment of noise-induced hearing loss in medicolegal cases.

Participants

A consecutive series of 124 cases of noise-induced hearing loss is used for evaluation.

Main outcome measure

Magnitude of noise-induced hearing loss based on hearing threshold levels averaged over the frequencies 1, 2 and 3 kHz.

Results

The rationale of the method, practical application and three worked examples are developed. A simpler short-cut method is developed and shown to be equivalent to the full method in most cases.

Conclusions

The method offers a practical approach to quantification of noise-induced hearing loss.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 August 2015
Published date: 11 February 2016
Organisations: Inst. Sound & Vibration Research

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Local EPrints ID: 400787
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/400787
ISSN: 1749-4486
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Date deposited: 26 Sep 2016 16:07
Last modified: 16 Dec 2019 19:42

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