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ENT-VSL-8 Data Details

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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.

Data Source: 
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
No
Measure: 
per 1,000 (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year): 
121.4 (2003–04)
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

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Data Collection Frequency: 
Periodic
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 and 1 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 Notes: 

    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 (percent poverty threshold): 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