Interventions to Prevent Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Description of Resource:
Millions of workers worldwide are exposed to noise that can lead to hearing loss. This systematic review assessed the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions for preventing occupational noise exposure or occupational hearing loss. It identified 29 studies that evaluated engineering solutions, hearing protection, or hearing loss prevention programs (HLPPs). It found very low-quality evidence that stricter legislation can reduce noise levels in workplaces and that better use of hearing protection devices as part of HLPPs can reduce the risk of hearing loss. It found moderate-quality evidence that training in the proper use of earplugs significantly reduces short-term noise exposure. Further research and long-term follow-up is needed.