17. Occupational Hearing Loss: An Overview for Emergency Physicians

  1. Michael I. Greenberg MD, MPH, FAAEM, FACPM, FACOEM
  1. Robert T. Sataloff MD, DMA, FACS1,
  2. Mary J. Hawkshaw BSN, RN, CORLN1,2 and
  3. Joseph Sataloff MD, DSc2

Published Online: 18 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch17

Occupational Emergency Medicine

Occupational Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Sataloff, R. T., Hawkshaw, M. J. and Sataloff, J. (2011) Occupational Hearing Loss: An Overview for Emergency Physicians, in Occupational Emergency Medicine (ed M. I. Greenberg), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch17

Editor Information

  1. Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 11 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405180719

Online ISBN: 9781444329629

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Keywords:

  • occupational medicine;
  • hearing;
  • hearing loss;
  • ear;
  • impairment;
  • disability

Summary

Hearing loss due to occupational noise exposure is our most prevalent industrial malady. Many of the patients seen in emergency departments for chief complaints other than hearing loss nevertheless are likely to suffer from hearing impairment caused or exacerbated by conditions at their workplaces. Emergency physicians may be faced with a complex confluence of factors that make management of acute otological complaints challenging when caring for workers presenting to an emergency department. This chapter discusses the broad concepts involved in occupational hearing loss and its management.