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Table 2 Summary of databases explored and the relevancy to the interests of this investigation

From: The impact of hearing impairment and noise-induced hearing injury on quality of life in the active-duty military population: challenges to the study of this issue

Database name Organization Remarks Relevance to investigation interests
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) CDC Section on “Hearing/audiometry (AUQ) for 1 year and over, 1999-2012 with component or lab tests conducted on original sample description. In 2013-2014, there was no component/lab test conducted. Yes
National Health Interview Survey Occupational Health Supplement (NHIS-OHS) CDC Does not contain any audiometric topics. No
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) National Center for Chronic Option to respond ‘hearing problem’ as the major impairment that limits activities 1998-2002, 2013; Veteran’s Status included, 2003-2008, 2010-2012 Yes
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)
National Health Survey CDC Questions by family and individuals on hearing can derive some information about associations with the military, data available from 1997 onward. QOL is a supplemental (optional) component of the survey, available 2010-2012 Yes
Health and Retirement Study (HRS) University of Michigan Data from 1992-2014 on hearing status, employment, and QOL measures Yes