Noise Threatens Hearing in Some Health Care Sectors Close to a third of noise-exposed workers in some health care and social assistance (HSA) industries have hearing loss, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The overall prevalence of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers across the entire HSA sector is 19 percent, according to a ... News in Brief
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Noise Threatens Hearing in Some Health Care Sectors
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Noise Threatens Hearing in Some Health Care Sectors
The ASHA Leader, May 2018, Vol. 23, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.23052018.10
The ASHA Leader, May 2018, Vol. 23, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.23052018.10
Close to a third of noise-exposed workers in some health care and social assistance (HSA) industries have hearing loss, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
The overall prevalence of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers across the entire HSA sector is 19 percent, according to a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine—the first study to estimate prevalence and risk for hearing loss for individual industries within the sector.
The sector is considered low-exposure for hazardous noise, compared with industries such as mining and construction, with most prevalence estimates ranging from 14 percent to 18 percent. Some HSA sector industries, however, had higher-than-expected hearing-loss prevalence, including medical and diagnostic laboratories and child day care services.
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