Using a boothless audiometer to estimate personal attenuation rating in a military hearing conservation clinic

Devon Kulinski*, Douglas S. Brungart

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Hearing protection device (HPD) fit-testing is considered “best practice” for hearing conservation programs in the military. Yet many hearing conservation personnel do not have access to dedicated fit-test equipment. In this study, estimates of personal attenuation rating (PAR) obtained with a boothless audiometer are compared to those obtained with a field-microphone in a real ear (F-MIRE) system. Results suggest that boothless audiometers can be used to make accurate PAR estimates. The ability to perform HPD fit-testing with multipurpose boothless audiometers has the potential to greatly expand the accessibility of earplug verification and ultimately to improve the effectiveness of hearing conservation programs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043601
JournalJASA Express Letters
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes

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