Impact of noise on hearing of individuals working in the temples

Anuradha Shastry, Rajesh Ranjan, Jayashree S. Bhat

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Introduction: One of the most mystifying problems faced by individuals who are exposed to high levels of noise (either occupational or recreational) is the slow deterioration of hearing that takes place. Evidence from the literature also indicates that noise exposure causes a significant sensory neural hearing loss. Hence we planned to compare the hearing of priests and workers of temples using Pure tone Audiometry and the fine spectral DPOAEs. Method: Twenty three male participants between the ages of 20 to 65 years were included in the study. Group 1 participants worked in the temple premises for more than 5 years and all the individuals had reported to have been exposed to noise during work. Group 2 was not exposed to noise. Results: The temple workers had poor thresholds and significantly reduced SNRs compared to the control group. Conclusions: Temple noise has impact on individuals working in the temple premises presence of NIHL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-212
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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