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 CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 92  |  Page : 23--26

The hearing of rural workers exposed to noise and pesticides


1 Department of Audiology and Speech Therapy, Doctoral Program in Health Science, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil
2 Graduate Program in Physiological Science, Doctoral Program in Health Science, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil
3 Department of Physiology, Doctoral Program in Health Science, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Tereza R. R. Sena
Inácio Barbosa Av 14,906, Aracaju, Sergipe
Brazil
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/nah.NAH_70_16

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In work environments, different physical and chemical agents that may pose a risk to workers‘ hearing health coexist. In this context, occupational hearing loss stands out. It has mostly been attributed to only noise exposure, although there are other agents, that is, pesticides that might contribute to occupational hearing loss. In this report, two cases will be presented that consider rural workers exposed to pesticides and intense noise generated by an adapted rudimentary vehicle. The noise measured in this vehicle was 88.3 dBA up to 93.4 dBA. Pure-tone audiometry, distortion product otoacoustic emissions, and high-frequency audiometry tests were performed. This report is unusual because of the short time of exposure to noise and pesticides and the hearing loss found, indicating a synergy between those agents.






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