Program for the Conservation and Promotion of Hearing Among Adolescents Purpose We describe a program for the promotion of hearing conservation aimed at the adolescent population. The intent of our program is to (a) detect hearing disorders early, as well as to establish their relation to psychosocial and acoustic factors; (b) devise a follow-up procedure to study relevant variables; (c) ... Supplement Article
Supplement Article  |   December 01, 2007
Program for the Conservation and Promotion of Hearing Among Adolescents
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mario R. Serra
    Centre for Research and Transfer in Acoustics, Associated Unit of CONICET, National Technical University, Cordoba Regional Faculty, Argentina
  • Ester C. Biassoni
    Centre for Research and Transfer in Acoustics, Associated Unit of CONICET, National Technical University, Cordoba Regional Faculty, Argentina
  • María Hinalaf
    Centre for Research and Transfer in Acoustics, Associated Unit of CONICET, National Technical University, Cordoba Regional Faculty, Argentina
  • Marta Pavlik
    Centre for Research and Transfer in Acoustics, Associated Unit of CONICET, National Technical University, Cordoba Regional Faculty, Argentina
  • Jorge Pérez Villalobo
    Centre for Research and Transfer in Acoustics, Associated Unit of CONICET, National Technical University, Cordoba Regional Faculty, Argentina
  • Carlos Curet
    Otorhinolaryngology Centre of High Technology, Cordoba, Argentina
  • Gloria Minoldo
    Audiology Institute of Cordoba
  • Silvia Abraham
    Audiology Section, Córdoba Hospital, Cordoba Health Ministry
  • José Moreno Barral
    Pilot Centre for the Detection of Metabolic Disorders, Cordoba National University
  • Raúl Reynoso
    Pilot Centre for the Detection of Metabolic Disorders, Cordoba National University
  • María E. Barteik
    Pilot Centre for the Detection of Metabolic Disorders, Cordoba National University
  • Silvia Joekes
    Institute of Statistics and Demography, Cordoba National University
  • María R. Yacci
    Institute of Statistics and Demography, Cordoba National University
  • Contact author: Mario Serra, Centre for Research and Transfer in Acoustics, Associated Unit of CONICET, National Technical University, Cordoba Regional Faculty, Argentina. E-mail: mserra@scdt.frc.utn.edu.ar.
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Hearing Disorders / Supplement: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Prevention in Children
Supplement Article   |   December 01, 2007
Program for the Conservation and Promotion of Hearing Among Adolescents
American Journal of Audiology, December 2007, Vol. 16, S158-S164. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2007/020)
History: Received March 22, 2007 , Accepted October 10, 2007
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2007, Vol. 16, S158-S164. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2007/020)
History: Received March 22, 2007; Accepted October 10, 2007

Purpose We describe a program for the promotion of hearing conservation aimed at the adolescent population. The intent of our program is to (a) detect hearing disorders early, as well as to establish their relation to psychosocial and acoustic factors; (b) devise a follow-up procedure to study relevant variables; (c) evaluate the relation between hearing disorders and genetic factors, and (d) raise the social awareness of the effects of noise and its consequences.

Method This program, designed to be carried out over a 7-year period, focuses on participants from technical schools in the city of Cordoba, Argentina. Every student will be examined at age 14–15 years and will be reexamined at age 17–18. There will be a yearly follow-up in those cases in which disorders are detected.

Results and Conclusions We discuss the organization and planning of this program, together with its launching in the first of the selected schools. We also describe the findings on the following topics: (a) the hearing data on adolescents (age 14–15 years); (b) their recreational habits, personality traits, and attitudes; and (c) the sound immision characteristics these individuals are exposed to during recreational activities.

Acknowledgments
The authors are grateful to the National Agency for Scientific and Technologic Promotion and the National Technical University, the Health Ministry of Cordoba, Argentina, the school where the study is being carried out, and the adolescents participating in it.
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