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The consequences of noise-induced hearing loss on dairy farm communities in new zealand.
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PMID:  22994637     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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ABSTRACT The objective of this study was to investigate how noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) or noise injury (NI) affects individuals and others of dairy farm communities in New Zealand. Using "grab" or opportunistic sampling at DairyNZ discussion groups and a recreational function, a survey questionnaire was completed by 74 participants from two dairy farming communities in New Zealand. Self-reported hearing difficulties were highlighted by 48% (42) of the 74 participants. The effects of NI on individuals and others included communication difficulties leading to the development of coping strategies, social isolation; decreased employment opportunities, loss of productivity, and increased effort and adjustments by family and work colleagues. Frustration, anxiety, stress, resentment, depression, and fatigue are also negative consequences that may contribute to a loss of quality of life and contribute to further health costs. Increased lateness, absenteeism, sickness and other behavioral aspects were not expressed as normal issues in the workplace, as the majority of the individuals are/were self-employed or working in a family business. This study shows that each year in New Zealand NI results in significant negative social, psychological, and economic consequences for those individuals affected, along with their families, friends, and work colleagues.
Authors:
Karen Canton; Warwick Williams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of agromedicine     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1545-0813     ISO Abbreviation:  J Agromedicine     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9421530     Medline TA:  J Agromedicine     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  354-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
a School of Risk and Safety Sciences , University of New South Wales , Kensington , New South Wales , Australia.
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