KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE SURVEY REGARDING NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS IN AIR AND GROUND CREW OF PAKISTAN AIR FORCE BASE MASROOR
Objectives: To assess the pattern of knowledge, attitude and practice regarding occupational noise-induced hearing loss, amongst the air and ground crew of Pakistan Air Force Base Masroor, Karachi.
Study Design: KAP survey.
Place and Duration of Study: Department of ENT, PAF Hospital Masroor, Karachi; and Flight Surgeon’s Inspection Room, PAF Base Masroor, Karachi. The study was conducted from January 2016 till October 2016.
Patients and Methods: 137 aviation personnel who worked for 6 to 8 hours on a weekday; 5 days a week, in an ambient noise greater than 95dB SPL were requested to respond to constructs of a specially modified valid questionnaire.
Results: Only weak areas in knowledge section were awareness about appearance of early indication of noise induced hearing loss and a misunderstanding regarding medical cure of the disorder. Precise comprehension, attitude and practices were attributed to literate background and high standard of professional training of individuals in the organization.
Conclusion: Realization of understanding the risks and setting up correct practical approach by following technical guidelines and adopting counteractive measures ensure wellness of individuals and their outright efficacy at workplace.