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The deleterious effect of noise on hearing, although recognized for many years, was long accepted as an occupational hazard by the small number of persons affected. The rapid evolution of the application of energy to industry, transport, and entertainment results in a geometric increase in the number of persons adversely affected by energy dissipated as sound. Adverse effects vary from annoyance, decreased efficiency, and disturbed sleep to interference with communication and permanent loss of hearing.
Noise and man provides a general review of diverse subjects. These include the nature of sound and its measurement; the mechanism, abnormalities, and measurement of
Noise and Man.. Ann Intern Med. 1969;71:886–887. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-71-4-886_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;71(4):886-887.
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