TITLE: KNOWLEDGE AND CURRENT PRACTICE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN NOISE INDUCED HEARING LOSS MANAGEMENT
Introduction: The purpose of this study is to identify knowledge and current practice among health professionals involved in the management of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL).
Methods: Thirty eight health professionals (i.e occupational health (OH) doctors, ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists and audiologists participated in the study.
Results: We found no significant difference among the health professionalsâ€™ knowledge in NIHL, [F(2, 35)=1.44, p>0.05]. With reference to current practices, it was found that 90% of OH doctors and 100% of ENT specialists used pure tone audiometryâ€™s (PTA) results in diagnosing NIHL. In comparison, 30% of audiologists conducted both PTA and otoacoustic emission (OAE) test, as OAE is more sensitive to subtle cochlear changes. ENT specialists have higher perception and acceptance level towards audiologistâ€™s role compared to OH doctors, U=11.00, p<0.05. This indicate that most OH doctors did not regard audiologists as key professionals to lead hearing conservation program.