Socioeconomic inequalities in hearing loss in a healthy population sample: The HUNT Study

Am J Public Health. 2009 Aug;99(8):1376-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.133215. Epub 2009 Jun 18.


We assessed socioeconomic position and hearing loss in a Norwegian population of 17 593 men and women aged 30-54 years in 1984-1986 who were followed for 11 years. We used analysis of variance, logistic regression, and population-attributable fraction analyses to examine associations. Significant socioeconomic inequalities in hearing loss were found among men. Adjusted odds ratios for hearing loss were approximately 1.3 to 1.9 for semi- and unskilled manual workers compared with participants with high occupational class.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Auditory Threshold
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Hearing Disorders / diagnosis
  • Hearing Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Population Surveillance
  • Prevalence
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult