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May 11, 2016
A test can measure susceptibility to noise induced hearing loss

A test can be used to measure how vulnerable people are to loud noises in the workplace, an Austrian study shows

Similar noise levels at the same workplace can affect people differently. In order to find out which workers are most likely to suffer from noise induced hearing loss, Austrian researchers from the Institute of Environmental Health in Vienna, Austria, have developed a simple test.

The test measures temporary hearing loss, also known as temporary threshold shift (TTS). By doing this, it is possible to tell how fast the inner ear cells recover after being exposed to noise. The speed of recovery is crucial in determining the level of susceptibility to noise induced hearing loss.

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