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Unsound conditions; work-related hearing loss in construction, 1960-1975

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    "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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    Norman J. Waitzman and Ken R. Smith. "This research was funded with a $20,000 grant from CPWR--Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), as part of a research agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH (grants CCU310982 and CCU312014). The research is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NIOSH. CPWR -- the research and development arm of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO--is uniquely situated to serve workers, contractors, and the scientific community. A major CPWR activity is to improve safety and health in the US construction industry." - tp verso Includes bibliographical references (p. 12).
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