Risk of Hearing Loss Among Workers with Vibration-Induced White Fingers
2014 (English)In: American Journal of Industrial Medicine, ISSN 0271-3586, E-ISSN 1097-0274, Vol. 57, no 12, 1311-1318 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: We examined the risk of hearing loss for workers who use hand-held vibrating tools with vibration-induced white fingers (VWF) compared to workers without VWF. Methods: Data on 184 participants from a 21-year cohort were gathered with questionnaires and measurements. The effects on hearing status of VWF, hand-arm vibration exposure, smoking habits, age and two-way interactions of these independent variables were examined with binary logistic regression. Analyses were made for the right hand and ear as well as for the hand with VWF and the ear with worse categorized hearing status. Results: Workers with VWF in their right hand had an increased risk of hearing loss (odds ratio 2.2-2.3) in the right ear. Workers with VWF in any hand did not have any increased risk of hearing loss in the ear with worse hearing status. Conclusions: This study supports the hypothesis that VWF increases the risk of hearing loss among workers who use hand-held vibrating tools in a noisy environment. Am. J. Ind. Med. 57:1311-1318, 2014. (c) 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 57, no 12, 1311-1318 p.
hand-arm vibration, noise, vibration, combined exposure
Environmental Health and Occupational Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98431DOI: 10.1002/ajim.22368ISI: 000345447400003PubMedID: 25348822ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84911499576OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-98431DiVA: diva2:785974