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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration; CAPES Brazil; Brazilian Cochrane Centre Brazil
Interventions to Promote the Wearing of Hearing Protection

El Dib, R. P., & Mathew, J.L. (2009).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(4).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is an updated systematic review of randomized controlled trials addressing programs intended to improve the use of hearing protection in the workplace.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Workers or students exposed to greater than 80dB of noise with available ear protection.

Intervention/Assessment: Educational, behavioral, or technical intervention designed to increase use of hearing protection.

Number of Studies Included: 2

Years Included: 1966 - 2009



  • The evidence does not strongly support the use of tailored intervention over general intervention designed to increase use of hearing protection in workers.
  • There is support for school-based programs designed to increase use of hearing protection for students. (Abstract)

Keywords: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, Hearing Protection

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Added to Compendium: January 2012

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