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U.S. adults with hearing loss from noise at work 2011-2012, by gender

Percentage of adults in the U.S. exposed to noise at work who had noise-induced hearing loss in one or both ears in 2011-2012, by gender

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Release date

February 2017


United States

Survey time period

2011 and 2012

Number of respondents

3,583 respondents

Age group

20-69 years

Supplementary notes

Persons with no work exposure to noise included both those who reported off-work exposure to noise (e.g. noise from power tools, lawn mowers, farm machinery, cars, trucks, motorcycles, motor boats or music for 10 or more hours a week) and those who did not report exposure to off-work noise. Persons with work exposure to noise reported exposure to loud or very loud noise at work.
Noise-induced hearing loss in determined by the presence of an audiometric notch. An audiometric notch is a deterioration in the hearing threshold (the softest sound a person can hear). An audiometric notch is present when one or more of the thresholds at 3–4, or 6 kHz exceeds the pure-tone average of the 0.5 and 1 kHz thresholds by 15 dB hearing level (HL) or more, and the 8 kHz threshold is at least 5 dB HL lower (better) than the highest threshold in the 3–6 kHz range. Audiograms were not accepted if the test and retest results were greater of 10 dB. The average 1-kHz frequency was the value used in this study. Participants were excluded if they had partial audio exam, ear compliance ≤0.2 mL or pressure more negative than -150 dekapascals (daPa) (normal air pressure is approximately equal on both sides of the tympanic membrane [zero daPa])

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