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Title: Environmental noise in Beirut, smoking and age are combined risk factors for hearing impairment
Authors: El Zir, E.
Mansour, S.
Salameh, P.
Chahine, R.
Issue Date: 2008
Language: English
Abstract: Effect of smoking and environmental noise on hearing impairment was investigated in 440 people aged 21-50 years living in Beirut. Participants were divided into 4 groups: nonsmokers and smokers living in noisy areas [70-90 dBA] and non-smokers and smokers living in quiet areas [45-55 dBA]. Smoking was associated with hearing loss at 8000 Hz, in both bivariate and multivariate analysis. An additive interaction at high frequencies [mostly at 8000 Hz] between smoking and noise appeared after age 40 years. At age 21-39 years, neither smoking nor environmental noise had a significant adverse effect on hearing capacity at low frequencies
Description: 888-896
Keywords: Risk Factors
Age Factors
Hearing Loss, Noise-Induced
Subject: Hearing Loss
ISSN: 1020-3397
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