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Unsound conditions; work-related hearing loss in construction, 1960-1975
  • Published Date:
    January 1999
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Center to Protect Workers' Rights (U.S.) ; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ;
  • Description:
    "The study presented here is believed to be the first multivariate logistic regression analysis based on hearing-test data from national probability samples in the United States in the early 1960s and 1970s. Such data were collected on adults as part of the medical exam on the original Health Examination Survey, conducted in 1960-61, and on the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I), which was fielded in 1971-75. Both surveys were conducted under the auspices of the National Center for Health Statistics. Although subsequent surveys continued to collect hearing-test data on youth, no subsequent national survey to the authors' knowledge has incorporated hearing tests of adults. One motivation for this study was to assess the extent to which self-rated data on hearing loss, which has been collected on surveys after 1975, could serve as a reliable proxy for hearing-test data for future analyses. The self-rated data proved unreliable as proxies for hearing tests, however; the data are included on tables in annex A and discussed in annex B." - p. 2

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