OR noise: the potential for hearing loss

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College School of Medicine
Department Neurosurgery
Creator Couldwell, William T.
Other Author Klimo, Paul Jr.
Title OR noise: the potential for hearing loss
Date 2008-01-01
Description With the use of the electric or air-powered drill in cranial or spinal procedures comes the potential for hearing loss among operating team members. Exposure to loud noise can result in sensorineural hearing loss, and this loss is a function of sound pressure levels and duration of exposure. Much research has been done regarding the impact of noise-creating devices on patient and user safety in the field of neuro-otology (1, 6). Michaelides and Kartush measured peak and impulse sound pressure levels one centimeter away from their application in the temporal bone in a variety of otologic instruments, including lasers (potassium-titanyl-phosphate, erbium, and carbon dioxide) and drills (microdrill and pneumatic) (4). Only the erbium laser and air-powered cutting drills had impulse and peak sound pressure levels of greater than 100 A-weighted decibels, dBA. Kylen and colleagues found that the noise levels were influenced primarily by the size of the burr; diamond burrs generated less noise than cutting ones and variations in rotation speed had only a slight influence on the noise levels produced (2). Prasad and Reddy recently tested a variety of bone drills and microdebriders used in otolaryngological surgery and found them all to be safe, posing no occupational hazard to the user (7).
Type Text
Publisher American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Volume 17
Issue 1
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Klimo, P., & Couldwell, W. T. (2008). OR noise: the potential for hearing loss. AANS Bulletin, 17(1), 13.
Rights Management © American Association of Neurological Surgeons
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6jh44tk
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