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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 33--39

Long term effects of military jet aircraft noise exposure during childhood on hearing threshold levels


1 Directorate of Primary Health Services, Headquarters Personnel and Training Command, Royal Air Force Innsworth, Gloucester, United Kingdom
2 RAF Institute of Health, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Kathleen Sixsmith
RAF Institute of Health, Buckinghamshire HP22 5PG
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 12689483

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Some research suggests that young children may be relatively more susceptible to noise­ induced hearing loss (NIHL) than adults, and that the unique noise footprint associated with military jet aircraft is particularly damaging to hearing. This pilot study looked for evidence of NIHL in adults who have been exposed to military jet noise in early childhood, while living in Married Quarters on active RAF fast jet stations. Many Married Quarters lie within 70 dB(A) Leq contours, fewer in 83 dB(A) Leq contours. A cross-sectional pilot study was under­taken to examine the hypothesis that military jet noise exposure early in life is associated with raised hearing thresholds.






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