Prevalence of hearing loss and work-related noise-induced hearing loss in Michigan.
Stanbury-M; Rafferty-AP; Rosenman-K
J Occup Environ Med 2008 Jan; 50(1):72-79
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the prevalence of self-reported hearing loss (HL) and work-related noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in Michigan. METHODS: Questions related to HL and NIHL were added to the 2003 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in Michigan, a national telephone survey-based surveillance system of health conditions among adults. RESULTS: An estimated 19% reported HL; the proportion with HL increased steeply with age. Among those with HL, 29.9% reported that their HL was related to noise at work. Associations were found between HL/NIHL and current cigarette smoking and elevated cholesterol. CONCLUSIONS: Self-reported HL is common in Michigan. Almost 30% of this loss was attributed to noise exposure at work, a preventable condition. Prevalence estimates from this study were higher than previously published estimates. Better surveillance and prevention programs are recommended.
Hearing-loss; Hearing-disorders; Hearing; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-exposure; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Behavior; Surveillance-programs; Statistical-analysis; Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Age-factors; Epidemiology
Kenneth Rosenman, MD, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, 117 W Fee Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1316
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Michigan Department of Health