publication . Other literature type . Article . 2009

Exposure to hazardous workplace noise and use of hearing protection devices among US workers-NHANES, 1999-2004

SangWoo Tak; Rickie R. Davis; Geoffrey M. Calvert;
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  • Published: 01 May 2009
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
Background To estimate the prevalence of workplace noise exposure and use of hearing protection devices (HPDs) at noisy work, NIOSH analyzed 1999–2004 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Methods A total of 9,275 currently employed workers aged ≥16 years were included in the weighted analysis. Hazardous workplace noise exposure was defined as self-reported exposure to noise at their current job that was so loud that the respondent had to speak in a raised voice to be heard. Industry and occupation were determined based on the respondent's current place and type of work. Results Twenty-two million US workers (17%) reported expo...
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free text keywords: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Noise-induced hearing loss, medicine.disease, medicine, Environmental health, business.industry, business, Noise pollution, Social Welfare, Health care, Hearing loss, medicine.symptom, Occupational medicine, medicine.medical_specialty, Respondent, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
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