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Document ID (ISN)103157
CIS number 04-76
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kerr M.J., McCullagh M., Savik K., Dvorak L.A.
Title Perceived and measured hearing ability in construction laborers and farmers
Bibliographic information Oct. 2003, Vol.44, No.4, p. 431-437. 41 ref.
Internet access 04-0076.pdf [in English]
Abstract Construction and farming are characterized by small independently-operated enterprises; few are included in hearing loss prevention programs. This study describes perceived and measured hearing ability among construction labourers and farmers. Audiograms of 147 construction labourers and 150 farmers were statistically compared to their subjective perceived hearing ability. At the 4,000Hz frequency indicative of NIHL, a high percentage of both groups exhibited hearing loss greater than 25dB (53% of labourers and 67% of farmers). However, the relationship between perceived and actual hearing loss was poor, suggesting that systematic audiometric screening should be included in all hearing loss prevention programs.
Descriptors (primary) subjective assessment; agriculture; construction industry; hearing loss
Descriptors (secondary) small enterprises; audiometric tests; frequency rates; USA
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
Construction industry and civil engineering