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Sensory impairment in older US workers.
Davila EP; Caban-Martinez AJ; Muennig P; Lee DJ; Fleming LE; Ferraro KF; LeBlanc WG; Lam BL; Arheart KL; McCollister KE; Zheng D; Christ SL
Am J Public Health 2009 Aug; 99(8):1378-1385
We used 1997-2004 National Health Interview Survey data to evaluate the prevalence of sensory impairment among US workers 65 years and older. Hearing impairment prevalence was 3 times that of visual impairment (33.4% vs 10.2%), and 38% of older workers reported experiencing either impairment. Farm operators, mechanics, and motor vehicle operators had the highest prevalence of sensory impairment. Workplace screening and accommodations, including sensory protection devices for older workers, are warranted given the greater risk for injuries among the sensory impaired.
Workers; Worker-health; Public-health; Health-hazards; Surveillance-programs; Vision-disorders; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-disorders; Hearing-level; Hearing-loss; Sensory-disorders; Age-factors; Agricultural-workers; Racial-factors; Sex-factors; Construction-workers; Machine-operators; Welders; Education
David J. Lee, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Clinical Research Building, 1120 NW 14th St, Room 1530, Miami, FL 33136
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Public Health
FL; NY; IN; NC
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
Page last reviewed: June 15, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division