The Impact of Noise on Hearing in Intensive Care Unit Nurses

  • Süheyla Abitağaoğlu İstanbul Fatih Sultan Mehmet Research and Training Hospital
  • Alev Öztaş Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center
  • Fatma Şimşek Ceviz Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center
  • Ceren Köksal Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center
  • Tuğba Aslan Dündar Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center
  • Güldem Turan Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center
  • Dilek Erdoğan Arı Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center
Keywords: Audiometry; Intensive care unit; Noise

Abstract

Introduction: The noise levels in the ICUs exceed the levels suggested by the World Health Organization, because of the noises caused by devices and human noises. The aim of this study is to retrospectively examine the changes in audiometry results of nurses working in ICU.

Methods: The audiometry results of nurses who worked for an uninterrupted period of 1 year in ICU in the last 3 years were examined retrospectively based on the results recorded at the time of employment and in the last year of working. Age, gender, years of work, assessments of hearing level and high frequency hearing losses were recorded. The normal level of hearing was accepted as 0-25dB.

Results: Totally 10 male (25.6%), 29 female (74.4%) were included in the study. The mean age was 26.97 ± 4.69 years and the mean time of employment was 1.82 ± 0.91 years. The mean values of pure tone levels during the years of working were within the normal limits but a significant increase was observed. Two subjects (5.1 %) were confirmed to have high frequency hearing loss.

Discussion and Conclusion: We believe that safety of the staff might be improved by reducing the level of noise in the ICUs and identifying the people at risk with yearly audiometry follow-ups.

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Author Biographies

Alev Öztaş, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center

Intensive Care Unit

Fatma Şimşek Ceviz, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center

Occupational  Medicine  /  Thoracic  Surgery  Department

Ceren Köksal, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center

Anesthesiology and  Reanimation  Department

Tuğba Aslan Dündar, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center

Otorhinolaryngology  Department

Güldem Turan, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center

Anesthesiology and  Reanimation  Department

Dilek Erdoğan Arı, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Health Application and Research Center

Anesthesiology and  Reanimation  Department

Published
2020-03-29
How to Cite
Abitağaoğlu, S., Öztaş, A., Şimşek Ceviz, F., Köksal, C., Aslan Dündar, T., Turan, G., & Erdoğan Arı, D. (2020). The Impact of Noise on Hearing in Intensive Care Unit Nurses. Acta Medica, 51(1), 38-43. https://doi.org/10.32552/0.ActaMedica.386
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Original Article