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CoDAS

versão On-line ISSN 2317-1782

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ROCHA, Clayton Henrique; LONGO, Isadora Altero; MOREIRA, Renata Rodrigues  e  SAMELLI, Alessandra Giannella. Evaluation of the hearing protector in a real work situation using the field-microphone-in-real-ear method. CoDAS [online]. 2016, vol.28, n.2, pp.99-105. ISSN 2317-1782.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2317-1782/20162014146.

Purpose

To evaluate the effectiveness of the attenuation of a hearing protector (HP) in a real work situation using the field-microphone-in-real-ear method (f-MIRE).

Methods

Eighteen individuals of both genders (mean age of 47.17±8 years) participated in this study. In the workplace, the personal attenuation level of the HP was assessed using the f-MIRE method, followed by orientation about the importance of using the HP, cleaning and storing the device, and training for effective placement.

Results

The analyses showed a significant statistic attenuation for all of the collected data (total noise, by frequency band and dose) when the noise levels in the lapel microphone and the probe microphone were compared. In the comparison of the attenuation values provided by the manufacturer and those found in this study, we observed higher values for the manufacturer in all frequency bands. No difference was observed for the noise levels in the different activities and times evaluated.

Conclusion

The findings of this study enabled us to know the personal level of attenuation of the HP during a real work situation, which was within the limits of tolerance. It was also possible to collect information about the environmental noise to which these workers are exposed. We noticed situations where this level exceeded the safety values, and therefore it is recommended the use of the HP. It is important that more studies are conducted using the f-MIRE method, because it may be an ally to assess the effectiveness of the HP attenuation in the workplace.

Palavras-chave : Noise; Hearing Loss; Noise-induced; Hearing Protection Devices; Program of Risk Prevention on Working Environment; Occupational Health.

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