Noise-Induced hearing loss and associated factors among vector control workers in a Malaysian State

Masilamani, R.; Darus, A.; Ting, A.S. (2012) Noise-Induced hearing loss and associated factors among vector control workers in a Malaysian State. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1010-5395

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    Abstract

    This study aims to determine the prevalence and associated factors of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among vector control workers in the state of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. This was an analytical cross-sectional study conducted on 181 vector control workers who were working in district health offices in a state in Malaysia. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire and audiometry. Prevalence of NIHL was 26 among this group of workers. NIHL was significantly associated with the age-group of 40 years and older, length of service of 10 or more years, current occupational noise exposure, listening to loud music, history of firearms use, and history of mumps/measles infection. Following logistic regression, age of more than 40 years and noise exposure in current occupation were associated with NIHL with an odds ratio of 3.45 (95 confidence interval = 1.68-7.07) and 6.87 (95 confidence interval = 1.54-30.69), respectively, among this group of vector control workers.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
    Additional Information: Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Noise-induced hearing loss, vector control worker, workplace safety, workplace noise
    Subjects: R Medicine
    Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
    Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
    Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 09:48
    Last Modified: 10 Oct 2012 09:48
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3759

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