03.09.2019

Hearing Loss in Agricultural Workers Exposed to Pesticides and Noise

Agricultural workers are more likely to have hearing loss than other
occupations. A study conducted in the USA found a higher prevalence of hearing
loss in farmers than construction laborers. Since the hearing loss in farmers
was most commonly observed in the high frequencies, exposure to noise from
agricultural practices was proposed as the potential cause of the hearing loss.
Some studies have also suggested an association between hearing loss and
pesticide exposures. The US Agricultural Health Study reported hearing loss was
associated with their exposure score for insecticides, and specifically with
the highest category of exposure to organophosphates among licensed pesticide
applicators.

A recently in the Annals of Work Exposures and Health published study
strengthens the hypothesis that pesticide and noise have an additive effect on
hearing.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Annals of Work Exposures and Health