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

This survey shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. exposed to noise at work who had noise-induced hearing loss in one or both ears from 2011 to 2012, by gender. It was found that 39.1 percent of males who were exposed to loud or very loud noise at work had noise-induced hearing loss.

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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