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Can you hear me now? PPR spotlights hearing protection devices for dentists

October 26, 2016

By Michelle Manchir

Active noise hearing protection devices are a valuable preventive measure for dentists, who can face hearing loss on the job due to use of handpieces, ultrasonic scalers and other equipment, according to the issue of ADA Professional Product Review released Oct. 26.

The ADA Science Institute partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a qualitative review of four different hearing protection devices.

Fifteen dentists who work within the Department of Veterans Affairs who volunteered to use and share their opinions about the devices favored the active noise control devices — DI-15 High Fidelity Electronic Earplugs and Music PRO Electronic Earplugs — in part because they could be used while delivering dental care to patients.

According to the article, “Electronic hearing protection devices with active noise control scored well on all attributes considered by respondents and were rated the most likely to be used by the dentists we surveyed. Conventional plugs represented by a physical barrier to isolate the sound compromised the ability to communicate with the patient and the colleagues. The benefits observed to the active noise control devices tested in the current Professional Product Review should be also considered for the patients, reducing stress during the appointment while enhancing the overall experience associated to the dental visit.”

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ADA Professional Product Review, or PPR, offers unbiased and scientifically sound reviews of dental products. The publication launched in 2006 under the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. It aims to provide ADA members with product evaluation content compiled from the best available sources.