Author(s): Tay, Brian Diaz, Prabhu, I S, Cousin, C H S, Cousin, G C S
Abstract: Exposure to excessive noise could impair surgical performance and communication, and lead to long-term hearing loss, but it is only recently that studies on occupational exposure to noise in operating theatres have been published. The aim of this prospective study was to assess mean and peak levels of noise during maxillofacial operations. We found that both were comparable to those in other surgical specialties such as orthopaedics in which power tools are used. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.