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A critical review of the literature on comfort of hearing protection devices: Analysis of the comfort measurement variability

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Doutres, Olivier, Sgard, Franck, Terroir, Jonathan, Perrin, Nellie, Jolly, Caroline, Gauvin, Chantal et Negrini, Alessia. 2020. « A critical review of the literature on comfort of hearing protection devices: Analysis of the comfort measurement variability ». International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.
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Abstract

Objective: This paper proposes a comprehensive literature review of past works addressing Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs) comfort with the aim of identifying the main sources of variability in comfort evaluation. Design: Literature review. Study samples: Documents were hand searched and Internet searched using ‘PubMed’, ‘Web of Science’, ‘Google Scholar’, ‘ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Professional’, ‘Scopus’ or ‘Google’ search engines. While comfort constructs and measurement methods are reviewed for both earplugs and earmuff HPD types, results and analyses are provided for earplugs only. Results: The literature shows that the multiple sources of the perceived comfort measurement variability are related to the complexity of the concept of comfort and to the various physical and psychosocial characteristics of the triad ‘Environment/Person/Earplug’ which differ from one study to the other. Conclusions: Considering the current state of knowledge and in order to decrease comfort measurements variability, it is advised to (i) use a multidimensional construct of comfort and derive a comfort index for each comfort dimensions, (ii) use exhaustive and valid questionnaires, (iii) quantify as much as triad characteristics as possible and use them as independent or control variables, and (iv) assess the quality of the earplug fitting and the attenuation efficiency.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
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Doutres, Olivier
Affiliation: Génie mécanique
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2020 18:37
Last Modified: 21 May 2021 04:00
URI: https://espace2.etsmtl.ca/id/eprint/20841

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