Sensory impairment among older US workers

Evelyn P. Davila, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, Peter Muennig, David J. Lee, Lora E. Fleming, Kenneth F. Ferraro, William G. LeBlanc, Byron L. Lam, Kristopher Arheart, Kathryn E. McCollister, Diane Zheng, Sharon L. Christ

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Abstract

We used 1997-2004 National Health Interview Survey data to evaluate the prevalence of sensory impairment among US workers 65 years and older. Hearing impairment prevalence was 3 times that of visual impairment (33.4% vs 10.2%), and 38% of older workers reported experiencing either impairment. Farm operators, mechanics, and motor vehicle operators had the highest prevalence of sensory impairment. Workplace screening and accommodations, including sensory protection devices for older workers, are warranted given the greater risk for injuries among the sensory impaired.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1378-1385
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume99
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009

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Vision Disorders
Motor Vehicles
Health Surveys
Mechanics
Hearing Loss
Workplace
Interviews
Equipment and Supplies
Wounds and Injuries
Farms

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Davila, E. P., Caban-Martinez, A. J., Muennig, P., Lee, D. J., Fleming, L. E., Ferraro, K. F., ... Christ, S. L. (2009). Sensory impairment among older US workers. American Journal of Public Health, 99(8), 1378-1385. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2008.141630

Sensory impairment among older US workers. / Davila, Evelyn P.; Caban-Martinez, Alberto J.; Muennig, Peter; Lee, David J.; Fleming, Lora E.; Ferraro, Kenneth F.; LeBlanc, William G.; Lam, Byron L.; Arheart, Kristopher; McCollister, Kathryn E.; Zheng, Diane; Christ, Sharon L.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 99, No. 8, 01.08.2009, p. 1378-1385.

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Davila, EP, Caban-Martinez, AJ, Muennig, P, Lee, DJ, Fleming, LE, Ferraro, KF, LeBlanc, WG, Lam, BL, Arheart, K, McCollister, KE, Zheng, D & Christ, SL 2009, 'Sensory impairment among older US workers', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 99, no. 8, pp. 1378-1385. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2008.141630
Davila, Evelyn P. ; Caban-Martinez, Alberto J. ; Muennig, Peter ; Lee, David J. ; Fleming, Lora E. ; Ferraro, Kenneth F. ; LeBlanc, William G. ; Lam, Byron L. ; Arheart, Kristopher ; McCollister, Kathryn E. ; Zheng, Diane ; Christ, Sharon L. / Sensory impairment among older US workers. In: American Journal of Public Health. 2009 ; Vol. 99, No. 8. pp. 1378-1385.
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