New Research Addresses Noise Hazards in Sports Venues

Posted January 16, 2013

Two papers published in the January issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) address noise hazards in sports venues. The first article, “Occupational and Recreational Noise Exposure from Indoor Arena Hockey Games,” studies noise exposures at arenas during collegiate and semi-professional hockey games. The second article, “Sports Officials’ Hearing Status: Whistle Use as a Factor Contributing to Hearing Trouble,” examines hearing loss among sports officials.

“These two papers describe a health hazard—high noise levels causing permanent hearing loss—that is prevalent but pretty much unappreciated in the world of sports,” said JOEH Editor in Chief Mark Nicas, PhD, CIH. “While severe traumatic injuries and degenerative brain disorders due to concussive blows are recognized as severe hazards among athletes, exposure to high noise likely affects far more individuals (spectators and referees), and the resulting permanent hearing loss decreases the quality of life of those affected. We hope these papers will alert the sports world to explore preventive measures.”

Read more in AIHA’s press release.