Noise Characterization and Exposure of Indoor Hockey Officials
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Researchers have recently associated self-reported hearing loss in sports officials who use whistles. However, the actual noise exposures or degree of hearing loss to sports officials have not been determined to date. Researchers have shown that frequent noise exposures to equivalent sound pressure levels that exceed 85 dB may not only contribute to hearing loss, but also incidence of hypertension. Therefore, a pilot study was conducted to assess hockey official noise exposures at two sporting arenas that host junior and collegiate hockey games. The purpose of this study was threefold: (1) ...