The Public Health Significance of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

  • Peter M. Rabinowitz
Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 40)


Recognition of hearing loss resulting from noise exposure dates back at least as far as Ramazzini’s (1713) classic occupational medicine treatise De Morbis Artificum (Diseases of Workers). Ramazzini’s vivid discussion of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is notable for its recognition that exposure to both occupational and environmental noise can lead to hearing loss in individuals and entire populations.


Hearing Loss Hearing Impairment Noise Exposure Public Health Impact American National Standard Institute 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine ProgramYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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