Mining, Manufacturing, and Construction industries need better engineering controls for noise

The purpose of this study is to estimate the prevalence of hearing loss among U.S. industries. 2000–2008 audiograms for male and female workers ages 18–65, who had higher occupational noise exposures than the general population, were examined. Prevalence and adjusted prevalence ratios (PRs) for hearing loss were estimated and compared across industries. In our sample, 18% of workers had hearing loss. Workers in the Mining, Manufacturing, and Construction industries need better engineering controls for noise and stronger hearing conservation strategies. More hearing loss research is also needed within traditional “low-risk” industries like Real Estate.

Source: Elizabeth A. Masterson et al.  Prevalence of hearing loss in the United States by industry.  Am. J. Ind. Med. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22082
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajim.22082/pdf

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