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Document ID (ISN)109220
CIS number 09-26
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tak S.W., Calvert G.M.
Title Hearing difficulty attributable to employment by industry and occupation: An analysis of the National Health Interview Survey - United States, 1997 to 2003
Bibliographic information Jan. 2008, Vol.50, No.1, p.46-56. Illus. 36 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of hearing difficulty by industry and occupation among workers in the United States. Data on 130,102 respondents of the National Health Interview Survey who were interviewed between 1997 and 2003 were analyzed. The estimated population prevalence of hearing difficulty was 11.4% (of which 24% attributable to employment). The adjusted prevalence ratios of hearing difficulty were highest for railroads, mining and primary metal manufacturing. Occupations with increased risk of hearing difficulty were mechanics/repairers, machine operators and drivers of transportation equipment.
Descriptors (primary) USA; risk factors; hearing loss; occupation disease relation
Descriptors (secondary) mechanics; machinery; maintenance and repair; drivers; frequency rates; cross-sectional study; rail transport; smelting plants; mining industry; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage