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Am J Public Health. 2009 Aug;99(8):1378-85. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.141630. Epub 2009 Jun 18.

Sensory impairment among older US workers.

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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL 33136, USA.

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.

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19542042
PMCID:
PMC2707458
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2008.141630
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