High-frequency hearing of dental personnel

Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1988 Oct;16(5):268-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0528.1988.tb01771.x.


234 dentists and dental nurses were examined with a normal and a high-frequency audiometer in high standard clinical conditions. Their ordinary and high-frequency hearing as compared with the controls showed no significant differences. Thus, exposure to high-frequency noise from high-speed drills and other modern dental instrumentation does not appear to be harmful to one's hearing and does not necessitate audiologic screening procedures for dental personnel.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Audiometry / methods*
  • Audiometry, Pure-Tone
  • Audiometry, Speech
  • Dental Auxiliaries*
  • Dentists*
  • Female
  • Hearing Loss, High-Frequency / diagnosis
  • Hearing*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Noise, Occupational / adverse effects
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis