Noise Exposure of Music Teachers

Alberto Behar, Ewen MacDonald, Jason Lee, Jie Cui, Hans Kunov, Willy Wong

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A noise exposure survey was performed to assess the risk of hearing loss to school music teachers during the course of their activities. Noise exposure of 18 teachers from 15 schools was measured using noise dosimeters. The equivalent continuous noise level (Leq ) of each teacher was recorded during single activities (classes) as well as for the entire day, and a normalized 8-hour exposure, termed the noise exposure level (Lex ) was also computed. The measured Leq exceeded the 85-dBA limit for 78% of the teachers. Lex exceeded 85 dBA for 39% of the teachers. Limited recommendations on how to reduce the noise exposures are provided. The need for a hearing conservation program has also been emphasized.
Keyword: Noise exposure,Hearing conservation,School music teachers
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Issue number1545-9624
Pages (from-to)243-247
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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