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Trends in worker hearing loss by industry sector, 1981–2010
Version of Record online: 17 FEB 2015
© 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 58, Issue 4, pages 392–401, April 2015
How to Cite
Masterson, E. A., Deddens, J. A., Themann, C. L., Bertke, S. and Calvert, G. M. (2015), Trends in worker hearing loss by industry sector, 1981–2010. Am. J. Ind. Med., 58: 392–401. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22429
Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this article have not been formally disseminated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy.
- Issue online: 9 MAR 2015
- Version of Record online: 17 FEB 2015
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 DEC 2014
- occupational hearing loss;
- material hearing impairment;
- hazardous noise;
- noise-induced hearing loss;
The purpose of this study was to estimate the incidence and prevalence of hearing loss for noise-exposed U.S. workers by industry sector and 5-year time period, covering 30 years.
Audiograms for 1.8 million workers from 1981–2010 were examined. Incidence and prevalence were estimated by industry sector and time period. The adjusted risk of incident hearing loss within each time period and industry sector as compared with a reference time period was also estimated.
The adjusted risk for incident hearing loss decreased over time when all industry sectors were combined. However, the risk remained high for workers in Healthcare and Social Assistance, and the prevalence was consistently high for Mining and Construction workers.
While progress has been made in reducing the risk of incident hearing loss within most industry sectors, additional efforts are needed within Mining, Construction and Healthcare and Social Assistance. Am. J. Ind. Med. 58:392–401, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.