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 L. Arheart, Kathryn E. McCollister, Diane Zheng, Sharon L. Christ

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)1378-1385
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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