|Document ID (ISN)||111982|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
|Convention or series no.
||Depczynski J., Challinor K., Fragar L.
||Changes in the hearing status and noise injury prevention practices of Australian farmers from 1994 to 2008
||2nd quarter 2011, Vol.16, No.2, p.127-142. Illus. 16 ref.
||This study compares the hearing status and behaviours in 1994-2001 and in 2002-2008 among a population of Australian 8309 farmers having participated in a noise injury prevention programme. Each participant was subjected to an audiometry and responded to a questionnaire. Over this period, there was a 12.5% overall improvement in the proportion of farmers with normal hearing in left ears and significant improvements in the mean hearing threshold of both ears from 1 to 6 kHz. The mean hearing thresholds for 35- to 44-year-old farmers exposed to firearms, chainsaws, workshop tools, heavy machinery and tractors were significantly higher compared to non-exposed groups. The non-use of hearing protection devices by young farmers (15 to 24 years old) was associated with hearing loss for those using un-cabined tractors. Implications of these findings are discussed.
||Australia; hearing loss; hearing threshold; hearing protection; health programmes; agriculture
||chain saws; tractors; agricultural equipment; firearms; safety consciousness; human behaviour; pure-tone audiometry; long-term study; questionnaire survey; programme evaluation; young persons
||D - Periodical articles
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Noise, hearing and vibration
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage