Posted March 6, 2013
A study examining hearing loss among sports officials, “Sports Officials’ Hearing Status: Whistle Use as a Factor Contributing to Hearing Trouble,” was published in the January issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). Researchers concluded that sports officials are more likely to acquire hearing impairment earlier in life and that the sounds produced by whistles are high enough (104 and 116 dBA at the ear) to be part of sports officials’ risk profiles, but that other factors, such as crowd noise, also contribute to their hearing loss.
The study was picked up by The New York Times and is mentioned in a Feb. 25 article that features a brief summary of the study and comments from the researchers.
A version of the article appeared in print on Feb. 26 in the New York edition of the newspaper.
Read The Times article online.