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Document ID (ISN)78025
CIS number 02-406
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2087-5
Year 2001
Convention or series no. HSE Contract Research Report CRR 361/2001
Author(s) Palmer K.T., Coggon D., Syddall H., Pannett B., Griffin M.J.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Occupational exposure to noise and hearing difficulties in Great Britain
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, Aug. 2001. vi, 61p. Illus. 48 ref. Price: GBP 15.00.
Abstract To determine the prevalence of self-reported hearing difficulties and tinnitus in working-aged people from the general population, and to estimate the risks from occupational exposure to noise, a questionnaire was mailed to 21,201 subjects of working age selected at random and 993 subjects from the British armed services. Information was collected on years of employment in a noisy job, and whether the respondent wore a hearing aid, had difficulty in hearing conversation, or had persistent tinnitus over the past year. 2% of subjects reported severe hearing difficulties. In men, the prevalence of this outcome rose steeply with age, from below 1% in those aged 16-24 years to 8% in those aged 55-64. The pattern was similar in women, but with severe hearing loss being only about half as prevalent in the oldest age band. In both sexes, after adjustment for age, the risk of severe hearing difficulty and persistent tinnitus rose with years spent in a noisy job.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; noise; job-exposure relation; hearing loss; hearing disorders
Descriptors (secondary) report; hazard evaluation; length of exposure; defence services; age-linked differences; questionnaire survey
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Noise
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage