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Assessing the comfort of earplugs: Development and validation of the French version of the COPROD questionnaire

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Terroir, Jonathan, Perrin, Nellie, Wild, Pascal, Doutres, Olivier, Sgard, Franck, Gauvin, Chantal et Negrini, Alessia. 2021. « Assessing the comfort of earplugs: Development and validation of the French version of the COPROD questionnaire ». Ergonomics.
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Abstract

Earplugs are a common form of protection for workers exposed to hazardous noise levels. Their comfort directly impacts the effective protection by influencing their consistent and correct use. Nevertheless, comfort definition may vary according to the studies. Thus, a previous review of the literature has shown that to improve our understanding of perceived comfort and to reduce measurement variability, it is advisable to consider comfort through a multidimensional construct (physical, acoustical, functional and psychological). On this basis, the COPROD questionnaire was developed. It is intended for people working in noisy environments. Nine earplug models were evaluated by 118 participants over a six-week period. This paper presents the successive analyses that were used to validate the structure of the questionnaire and confirm the relevance of the proposed dimensions and of the addressed items. First results suggest a preference for custom molded earplugs. Practitioner summary: Earplugs comfort conditions the hearing protection of the users. As the definition of comfort can vary between studies, the COPROD questionnaire was developed to jointly evaluate all its dimensions. Nine earplugs models were evaluated by 118 participants during six weeks. This paper presents the validation process of the questionnaire.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
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Doutres, Olivier
Affiliation: Génie mécanique
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2021 18:43
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2021 16:37
URI: https://espace2.etsmtl.ca/id/eprint/22202

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