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Author (up) Helvik, A.-S.; Krokstad, S.; Tambs, K. url  doi
  Title Hearing loss and risk of early retirement. The HUNT study Type Journal Article
  Year 2013 Publication European Journal of Public Health Abbreviated Journal Eur J Public Health  
  Volume 23 Issue 4 Pages 617-622  
  Abstract BACKGROUND: We explore the possible consequences of measured hearing impairment (HI) and perceived hearing difficulties for early retirement in a large population-based study. Furthermore, we study whether having a part-time position was associated with measured HI and perceived hearing difficulties in the same population. METHODS: This study included 25,740 persons from the Nord-Trondelag Health Study (HUNT) aged 20-54 years at baseline in HUNT1 (1984-1986) who also participated in the follow up, HUNT2, including a hearing examination 11 years later. Logistic regression analysis was conducted for men and women separately and in two age strata. Effects of low-, middle- and high-frequency hearing levels were explored, adjusting for each other. Further adjustment was made for socio-economic class and general health in HUNT1. RESULTS: The risk of early retirement increased with degree of loss of low-frequency hearing in young and middle-aged men and middle-aged women. The middle-aged men and women experiencing hearing disability had an increased risk of early retirement. Degree of hearing level was not associated with part-time work, but in middle-aged men, awareness of having a hearing loss was associated with part-time employment. CONCLUSIONS: Degree of low-frequency hearing loss was associated with early retirement but not with part-time work. Perceived hearing disability increased the risk of early retirement in middle-aged men and women and also the risk of part-time work in middle-aged men.  
  Address Department of Public Health and General Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 1101-1262 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:22930741; PMC3719475 Approved no  
  Call Number HUNT @ maria.stuifbergen @ Serial 1444  
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