occupational deafness

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A consequence of exposure of the sensitive end organs of hearing in the cochlea to very loud or high-intensity sound. Gunnery officers and workers in some occupations, including underground mining, blasting, metal foundry work, and popular music entertainment, are vulnerable. The popularity of personal sound systems and use of loud amplifiers in car radio receivers has led to occupational deafness of recreational origin among young people.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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