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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 19  |  Page : 69--73

Observations of noise exposure through the use of headphones by radio announcers

1 National Acoustic Laboratories, Chatswood, Australia
2 Australian Broadcasting Commission, Sydney, Australia

Correspondence Address:
W Williams
National Acoustic Laboratories, 126 Greville Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 12804216

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This study examined the potential risk of hearing loss by commercial radio announcers. This risk is developed through the regular use of headphones. These headphones are used to monitor broadcast transmission and communication information from program producers. To our knowledge there are no published studies of the noise exposure of radio announcers. The experimental method utilised a headphone parallel to the one in use mounted on a wideband, artificial ear. A Sound Level Meter was then used to measure the sound level and then calculate the exposure level. Depending on the feedback level applied to their headphones radio announcers are exposed to potentially damaging levels of noise. Levels measured correlate with results from other studies of long-term average speech spectrum and voice level measurements.


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