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Understanding barriers to preventive health actions for occupational noise-induced hearing loss.

Authors
Patel-DS; Witte-K; Zuckerman-C; Murray-Johnson-L; Orrego-V; Maxfield-AM; Meadows-Hogan-S; Tisdale-J; Thimons-ED
Source
J Health Commun 2001 Apr; 6(2):155-168
NIOSHTIC No.
20022742
Abstract
A theoretically based formative evaluation was conducted with coal miners in the Appalachian Mountains who were at high risk for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). The results of four focus groups indicate that despite high levels of knowledge, strong perceived severity of negative consequences, and strong perceived susceptibility to hearing loss, two main categories of barriers (environmental and individual) keep coal miners from using their hearing protection devices (HPD). Further analysis suggests that the environmental factors, rather than individual variables, more strongly influence decisions against protective actions. Recommendations and practical implications are offered.
Keywords
Coal-mining; Coal-miners; Hearing-loss; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-level; Hearing-protection; Environmental-factors; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis
Contact
Department of Communication, Michigan State University, Communication Arts and Sciences Building, E. Lansing, MI 48823-1212, USA
CODEN
JHCOF3
Publication Date
20010401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
pateldh1@pilot.msu.edu
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1081-0730
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Disease and Injury; Hearing Loss; Traumatic Injuries
Source Name
Journal of Health Communication
State
DC; PA; FL; MI
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