Sylvester Fernandes1* and Ryelen Fernandes2
1Department of Health Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle, Australia
2Newcastle University, Newcastle, Australia
*Corresponding Author: Sylvester Fernandes, Department of Health Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle, Australia.
Received: June 23, 2020; Published: September 24, 2020
Background: In the current COVID-19 climate, a face to face (F2F) ear nose and throat examination is not possible. ENTs are among the highest risk specialties for the infection. The majority of physicians involved in medicolegal examinations lie in the vulnerable status. Some claimants may need early access to funds in the current situation. Methodology is provided to invoke the available epidemiological data to inform insurance payment decisions.
Methods: Predictions of ISO (2013) for noise‐induced threshold shifts can be used in calculating the noise‐induced threshold shifts. The 90 percentile figures are used. Methodology for Australia is detailed. Other jurisdictions can modify the methodology as appropriate.
Results: The possibility of a mathematical model is highlighted.
Conclusion: Given a worker's occupational noise exposure history, the methodology can estimate the expected contributions of noise and can replace the audio-clinical examination entirely.
Keywords: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL); COVID-19
Citation: Sylvester Fernandes and Ryelen Fernandes. “The Medicolegal Assessment of Noise Induced Hearing Loss Avoiding an ENT Face to Face Exam in the COVID 19 Climate". Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 2.10 (2020): 07-11.
Copyright: © 2020 Sylvester Fernandes and Ryelen Fernandes. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.