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ENT-VSL-8 Data Details

ENT-VSL-8 Reduce the proportion of adults who have elevated hearing thresholds, or audiometric notches, in high frequencies (3, 4, or 6 kHz) in both ears, signifying noise-induced hearing loss

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)
121.4 (2003-2004)
Target
109.3
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Number of persons aged 20 to 69 years who have an audiometric notch in both ears
Denominator
Number of persons aged 20 to 69 years
Data Collection Frequency
Periodic
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

An audiometric threshold notch is present when one or more of the thresholds at 3, 4, or 6 kHz exceeds the pure-tone average of the 0.5 and1 kHz thresholds by 15 dB or more, and the 8 kHz threshold is at least 5 dB lower (better) than the highest threshold in the 3 to 6 kHz range. Bilateral (present in both ears) notches are used to signify probable noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) if there is also a response indicating exposure to loud sounds or noise occupationally or in leisure activities.

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