Occupational noise induced hearing loss: An African perspective

Volume editor
Katijah Khoza-Shangase
Volume editor
Nomfundo F. Moroe

Synopsis

Within the well documented understanding of occupational noise induced hearing loss (ONIHL) being a complex occupational health condition requiring adoption of the complex interventions approach to manage, challenges confronting hearing conservation programmes (HCPs) within the African context need clear characterisation and insightful deliberation. Guided by the systems theory, to be realistic about implementation, monitoring, as well as evaluation of outcomes of HCPs within the African mining context, this book is a call for a paradigm shift in the assessment and management of ONIHL and HCPs in African mines. This book, Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss: An African Perspective, equips researchers involved in the management of ONIHL and implementation of HCPs with evidence that allows for contextually relevant best practice in mine settings, particularly those located in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). This best practice is multidisciplinary in nature and engages all stakeholders in all relevant sector, with the goal of adoption of a preventive audiology approach to ONIHL, rather than the compensation-oriented approach that is currently prevailing. This book is a research-driven contribution into the occupational health and safety (OHS) space, with ONIHL as a focus case study, and it provides contemporary, contextually relevant, and responsive evidence related to ONIHL and HCPs in LMICs with a very specific focus on the South African context. This book expansively addresses all aspects of ONIHL and HCPs in one volume, with careful considerations of complexities and challenges to HCPs implementation, applicable specifically to LMICs, although useful globally. The book offers potential solutions and recommendations for all challenges identified, having carefully and deliberately engaged with local evidence, local context, and local policies and regulations to ensure an Afrocentric contribution to the world of evidence.

Chapters

  • Chapter 1
    A Call for a Paradigm Shift in Hearing Conservation Programmes for the Management of Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss in Africa
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase, Nomfundo F. Moroe
  • Chapter 2
    Confronting Realities to Hearing Conservation Programmes in South African Mines
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase
  • Chapter 3
    Risk Factors for Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss in African Mines: Arguing for Contextualisation
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase
  • Chapter 4
    Hearing Conservation Programmes (HCPs) Implementation in African Mining Contexts: Occupational Audiology in Action
    Nomfundo F. Moroe, Liepollo Ntlhakana, Luisa Petrocchi-Bartal, Katijah Khoza-Shangase
  • Chapter 5
    Complexities and Challenges of Different Classifications of Audiograms in the Prevention of Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss
    Nomfundo F. Moroe, Katijah Khoza-Shangase, Zumbi Musiba
  • Chapter 6
    Hearing Conservation Programmes and the Industrial Revolution
    Nomfundo F. Moroe, Katijah Khoza-Shangase
  • Chapter 7
    From Manual to Full Automated Systems and the Impact of Artificial Intelligence: Effects of Changes in Mining Practices on Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss in Africa
    Milka C.I. Madahana, Otis T.C. Nyandoro, Katijah Khoza-Shangase, Nomfundo F. Moroe
  • Chapter 8
    Hearing Conservation Programmes in the Context of Occupational Health and Safety in Africa
    Nomfundo F. Moroe
  • Chapter 9
    Hearing Conservation Programmes in the Context of Burden of Disease in South African Mines
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase
  • Chapter 10
    Hearing Conservation Programmes in the Context of Tele-audiology in African Mines
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase, Nomfundo F. Moroe
  • Chapter 11
    Best Practice for Hearing Conservation Programmes in Africa
    Katijah Khoza-Shangase, Nomfundo F. Moroe

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