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LOPES, Andréa Cintra et al. Hearing alterations in wood industry workers from the countryside of Rondônia, Brazil. Rev. bras. saúde ocup. [online]. 2009, vol.34, n.119, pp.88-92. ISSN 0303-7657.

Occupational noise is considered a physical risk that is frequent in almost all industrial segments. That is why occupational safety and health professionals give it special attention. The present study investigated the presence of audiometric alterations in wood industry workers from the countryside of Rondônia, Brazil. Sixteen workers of three industries took part in the study. They were interviewed on their hearing capacities and went through audiologic examination by means of preliminary tonal audiometry and acustic impedance tests. All the participants were male, most of them under 25 years old. They reported not having finished elementary school. Half of the sample presented auditory complaints and mentioned use of hearing protectors. Audiometric tracings disclosed alterations in half of the sample.

Palavras-chave : noise; hearing; audiometry; occupational health; wood industry.

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