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Document ID (ISN)111982
CIS number 11-0695
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Depczynski J., Challinor K., Fragar L.
Title Changes in the hearing status and noise injury prevention practices of Australian farmers from 1994 to 2008
Bibliographic information 2nd quarter 2011, Vol.16, No.2, p.127-142. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) Australia; hearing loss; hearing threshold; hearing protection; health programmes; agriculture
Descriptors (secondary) chain saws; tractors; agricultural equipment; firearms; safety consciousness; human behaviour; pure-tone audiometry; long-term study; questionnaire survey; programme evaluation; young persons
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Noise, hearing and vibration
Occupational pathology
Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Hearing protection
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage