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Public Health

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Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Dr. Wayne Sanderson


Hearing loss is often associated with repeated exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels. While noise is noted as the largest contributor to hearing loss, some fail to consider the impacts of chemical exposure on the hearing health of children, specifically VOCs. Early detection and prevention of hearing loss in children is important due to the impacts that hearing has on the learning, behavior, speech, and language development of children. This study examined the relationship between VOC exposure and hearing loss in children using NHANES data collected from 2005-2006. This was analyzed with Chi-square analyses and a logistic regression taking other variables into account. Overall, no significant findings were found for the relationship between VOC exposure and hearing loss in this population. These findings have indicated the need for more in-depth data collection and analysis pertaining to this relationship.

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