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Document ID (ISN)75424
CIS number 00-1431
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Beckett W.S., Chamberlain D., Hallman E., May J., Hwang S.A., Gomez M., Eberly S., Cox C., Stark A.
Title Hearing conservation for farmers: Source apportionment of occupational and environmental factors contributing to hearing loss
Bibliographic information Aug. 2000, Vol.42, No.8, p.806-813. Illus. 14 ref.
Abstract Persons working on farms continue to have a high prevalence of hearing loss, despite efforts to promote hearing conservation in agriculture. To develop improved hearing conservation programmes, an analysis for hearing loss was performed in a large, multiphasic survey, the New York Farm Family Health and Hazard Survey. Sources of information used included audiometric, otoscopic and tympanometric examinations, detailed general health and farm exposure interviews; and a second interview that focussed on additional potential determinants of hearing loss. Results show that hearing loss measured by audiometry was significantly associated with age, sex, education, hunting with guns, use of a grain dryer and spraying crops. Hearing conservation programmes for farmers should thus be directed toward reduction in noise exposure, both from occupational and non-occupational sources.
Descriptors (primary) hearing loss; agriculture; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) noise control; questionnaire survey; audiometric tests; sex-linked differences; age-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage