Am J Ind Med. 2017 Jun;60(6):569-577. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22627.
BACKGROUND: Noise-induced hearing loss is a centuries-old problem that is still prevalent in the United States and worldwide.
AIM: To describe highlights in the development of hearing loss prevention in the U.S. from World War II to the present.
METHODS: Literature review.
RESULTS: Approaches to occupational noise-induced hearing loss prevention in the United States over the past seven decades are described using a hierarchy of controls framework and an interdisciplinary perspective. Historical timelines and developmental milestones related to occupational noise-induced hearing loss prevention are summarized as a life course.
DISCUSSION: Lessons are drawn for other countries in their hearing conservation efforts.
CONCLUSION: Future developments building on the hearing loss prevention work of the past 70 years can prevent the problem of occupational NIHL in the 21st century. Am. J. Ind. Med. 60:569-577, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.