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ENT-VSL-6.1 Data Details

ENT-VSL-6.1 Increase the proportion of adults aged 20 to 69 years who have ever used hearing protection devices (earplugs, earmuffs) when exposed to loud sounds or noise (age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population)

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
No
Measure
per 1,000 (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year)
483.0 (2003-2004)
Target
531.3
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Number of persons aged 20 to 69 years who have ever worn a hearing protective device when exposed to loud sounds or noise
Denominator
Number of persons aged 20 to 69 years exposed to loud sounds or noise
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2003-04 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey:

[NUMERATOR:]

Outside of work, have you ever been exposed to firearms noise for an average of at least once a month for a year?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Have you ever worn hearing protection devices when exposed to firearms noise?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Outside of work, have you ever been exposed to other types of loud noise, such as noise from power tools or loud music, for an average of at least once a month for a year? By loud noise, I mean noise so loud that you have to speak in a raised voice to be heard.

  1. Yes
  2. No

Have you ever worn hearing protection devices when exposed to these loud noises?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Have you ever been exposed to loud noise at work for at least 3 months? By loud noise, I mean noise so loud that you have to speak in a raised voice to be heard.

  1. Yes
  2. No

At your job as a(n) {occupation} for{employer}, are you currently exposed to loud noise? By loud noise, I mean noise so loud that you have to speak in a raised voice to be heard.

  1. Yes
  2. No

[At work] Do you ever wear protective hearing devices?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Remembering the kind of work you did the longest, that is, as {kind of work did the longest} were you ever exposed in that job to loud noise for at least three months? By loud noise I mean noise so loud that you had to speak in a raised voice to be heard.

  1. Yes
  2. No
Data Collection Frequency
Periodic
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

The numerator for this measure is estimated by all adults who responded “yes” to experiencing loud sounds or noises at or outside of work and who also responded “yes” to wearing protective hearing devices.

Age Adjustment

This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

  • Total: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69
  • Sex: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69
  • Race/Ethnicity: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69
  • Educational Attainment: 25-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69
  • Family Income: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69
  • Country of Birth: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69
  • Disability Status: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69
  • Health Insurance Status: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-64
  • Marital Status: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69
  • Veteran Status: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69