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Towards a Holistic Model Explaining Hearing Protection Device Use among Workers

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), 1100 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3C 1K3, Canada
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Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité (INRS), 1 Rue du Morvan, 54500 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France
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Institut de Recherche Robert-Sauvé en Santé et en Sécurité du Travail (IRSST), 505 Boul. De Maisonneuve Ouest, Montréal, QC H3A 3C2, Canada
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Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, 7077 av. du Parc, Montréal, QC H3N 1X7, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(9), 5578; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095578
Received: 4 April 2022 / Revised: 26 April 2022 / Accepted: 28 April 2022 / Published: 4 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Progress in the Development of Hearing Protection)
Offering hearing protection devices (HPDs) to workers exposed to hazardous noise is a noise control strategy often used to prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). However, HPDs are used incorrectly and inconsistently, which explains their limited efficiency. Numerous models based on social cognition theories identify the significant factors associated with inconsistent HPD use and aim to improve HPD training programs and to increase HPD use. However, these models do not detail (dis)comfort aspects originating from complex interactions between characteristics of the triad “environment/person/HPD” while these aspects are known to largely influence HPD (mis)use. This paper proposes a holistic model explaining HPD (mis)use, based on the integration of a comfort model adapted to HPDs into an existing behavioral model already developed for HPDs. The model also takes into account the temporal dimension, which makes it possible to capture the scope of change in HPD-related health behaviors. This holistic description of HPD use could be used as a tool for stakeholders involved in HPD use to effectively prevent NIHL among workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: hearing protection device; comfort model; noise-induced hearing loss prevention hearing protection device; comfort model; noise-induced hearing loss prevention
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Doutres, O.; Terroir, J.; Jolly, C.; Gauvin, C.; Martin, L.; Negrini, A. Towards a Holistic Model Explaining Hearing Protection Device Use among Workers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 5578. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095578

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Doutres O, Terroir J, Jolly C, Gauvin C, Martin L, Negrini A. Towards a Holistic Model Explaining Hearing Protection Device Use among Workers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(9):5578. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095578

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Doutres, Olivier, Jonathan Terroir, Caroline Jolly, Chantal Gauvin, Laurence Martin, and Alessia Negrini. 2022. "Towards a Holistic Model Explaining Hearing Protection Device Use among Workers" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 9: 5578. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095578

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