751 - 03/11 - Occupational noise induced hearing loss - Worldwide
During the course of our pre-employment medical examinations we have observed that a larger subset of seafarers, specifically those working in engine rooms have abnormal audiometric results. Typically they display signs of mild to moderate high frequency hearing loss. It is therefore a logical inference that seafarers working in engine rooms have a higher propensity to encounter hearing disabilities. This is especially true if they don't use precautionary measures such as ear plugs or ear defenders.