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Document ID (ISN)105399
CIS number 06-948
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Choi S.W., Peek-Asa C., Sprince N.L., Rautiainen R.H., Donham K.J., Flamme G.A., Whitten P.S., Zwerling C.
Title Hearing loss as a risk factor for agricultural injuries
Bibliographic information Oct. 2005, Vol.48, No.4, p.293-301. Illus. 51 ref.
Abstract To assess whether hearing impairment might increase the risk of agricultural injuries, 150 farmers participating in the Iowa Certified Safe Farm Study were studied between 1998 and 2002. Injury information was collected by telephone interviews. Hearing levels were measured annually using pure tone audiometry. Adjusted risk ratios of injuries were calculated using the multivariate Poisson regression model. Hearing loss in the better ear (RR=1.62), hearing asymmetry (RR=1.67) and poor self-reported hearing (RR=1.96) were significantly associated with the risk of occupational injuries. Exposure to noise increased the risk of injuries in those farmers with hearing loss or hearing asymmetry. Furthermore, the occasional use of hearing protection was significantly associated with occupational injuries.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; Iowa; agriculture; injuries; hearing loss
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; USA; risk factors; pure-tone audiometry; noise
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage