Modeling the Unites States government's economic cost of noise-induced hearing loss for a military population

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242 Scand , vol , no Original article Scand ; 36 (3) : 242 – 249TuftsJB,WeathersbyPK,RodriguezFA.ModelingtheUnitesStatesgovernment'seconomiccostofnoise-inducedhearinglossforamilitarypopulation.ScandJWorkEnvironHealth.2010;36(3):242–249.ObjectiveThepurposeofthispaperistodemonstratethefeasibilityandutilityofdevelopingeconomiccostmodelsfornoise-inducedhearingloss(NIHL).First,weoutlineaneconomicmodelofNIHLforapopulationofUSNavysailorswithan"industrial"-typenoiseexposure.Next,wedescribetheeffectonNIHL-relatedcostofvaryingthetwocentralmodelinputs–thenoise-exposurelevelandthedurationofexposure.Suchananalysiscanhelpprioritizepromisingareas,towhichlimitedresourcestoreduceNIHL-relatedcostsshouldbedevoted.MethodsNIHL-relatedcostsbornebytheUSgovernmentwerecomputedonayearlybasisusingafiniteele-mentapproachthattookintoaccountvaryinglevelsofsusceptibilitytoNIHL.PredictedhearingthresholdsforthepopulationwerecomputedwithANSIS3.44–1996andthenusedasthebasisforthecalculationofNIHL-relatedcosts.Annualandcumulativecostsweretracked.Noise-exposurelevelanddurationweresystematicallyvariedtodeterminetheireffectsontheexpectedlifetimeNIHL-relatedcostofaspecificUSNavysailorpopulation.ResultsOurnominalnoise-exposurecase[93dB(A)forsixyears]yieldedatotalexpectedlifetimecostof

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Tufts, J. B., Weathersby, P. K., & Rodriguez, F. A. (2010). Modeling the Unites States government’s economic cost of noise-induced hearing loss for a military population. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 36(3), 242–249. https://doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.2911

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