Hearing Loss Risk Factors and Strategies in Rural Areas Agriculture and agribusiness workers represent the largest occupational group in the United States. Most of these workers live and work in rural areas. Hearing damage is highly prevalent in rural areas. Data from the Keokuk County Rural Health Study suggest 70% of adolescents had at least one hearing threshold ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2004
Hearing Loss Risk Factors and Strategies in Rural Areas
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  • Gregory A. Flamme
    Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City
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Hearing Disorders / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2004
Hearing Loss Risk Factors and Strategies in Rural Areas
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, April 2004, Vol. 12, 17-20. doi:10.1044/arii12.1.17
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, April 2004, Vol. 12, 17-20. doi:10.1044/arii12.1.17
Agriculture and agribusiness workers represent the largest occupational group in the United States. Most of these workers live and work in rural areas. Hearing damage is highly prevalent in rural areas. Data from the Keokuk County Rural Health Study suggest 70% of adolescents had at least one hearing threshold worse than 95% of members of an otologically normal population. Approximately 65% of 30- to 40-year-olds had notched audiometric configurations. Over 25% of those between 50 and 60 years old had better ear average hearing thresholds (500 – 4000 Hz) exceeding 20 dB HL. The rate in listeners over 60 increased by 20 to 25% per decade (Flamme et al., in preparation).
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