Friday, March 4, 2011

Does nursing contribute to hearing loss?

Leslie Neal-Boylan, Kristopher Fennie & Sara Baldauf-Wagner reported the findings of their recent study in Rehabilitation Nursing.

The study explored the characteristics of registered nurses with sensory disabilities and risk for leaving their jobs.

They found that length of time spent as a registered nurse was associated with difficulty hearing (21 years=some difficulty, 28 years=a lot of difficulty).

This begs the question of whether working as a nurse contributes to hearing loss?

What factors involved in nursing practice might contribute to hearing loss?

http://www.rehabnurse.org/uploads/files/pdf/rnj332.pdf