Table 2

Prevalence of hearing problems in the working and non-working populations divided by age and sex

 Prevalence of hearing problems Relationship between age and hearing problems; Kendall's τ-b and p value No problems, N (row%) Tinnitus, N (row%) Hearing loss, N (row%) Either tinnitus or hearing loss, N (row%) Both tinnitus and hearing loss, N (row%) Working population 6485 (69) 2505 (26) 1048 (11) 2408 (25) 565 (6) Women, working 3733 (73) 1149 (22) 494 (10) 1,154 (22) 239 (5) 0.09, p<0.0001 ≤40 years 1005 (78) 236 (18) 64 (5) 254 (20) 22 (2) 41–50 years 1087 (74) 323 (22) 112 (8) 337 (23) 48 (3) 51–60 years 1196 (71) 409 (24) 203 (12) 388 (23) 110 (7) 61+ years 445 (66) 181 (26) 115 (17) 175 (26) 59 (9) Men, working 2752 (64) 1356 (31) 554 (13) 1254 (29) 326 (8) 0.16, p<0.0001 ≤40 years 828 (74) 270 (24) 66 (6) 265 (24) 34 (3) 41–50 years 785 (67) 332 (28) 112 (10) 325 (28) 60 (5) 51–60 years 794 (58) 497 (36) 210 (15) 431 (32) 137 (10) 61+ years 345 (51) 257 (38) 166 (25) 233 (35) 95 (14) Non-working population 1030 (64) 484 (30) 240 (15) 435 (27) 138 (9) Women, non-working 724 (72) 239 (23) 107 (11) 233 (23) 53 (5) 0.13, p<0.0001 ≤40 years 277 (80) 61 (18) 15 (4) 63 (18) 6 (2) 41–50 years 54 (70) 21 (26) 7 (9) 18 (23) 5 (7) 51–60 years 64 (69) 22 (22) 11 (12) 26 (28) 3 (3) 61+ years 329 (67) 135 (27) 74 (15) 126 (26) 39 (8) Men, non-working 306 (52) 245 (41) 133 (22) 202 (34) 85 (14) 0.16, p<0.0001 ≤40 years 52 (73) 19 (26) 2 (3) 18 (25) 1 (1) 41–50 years 22 (60) 12 (32) 4 (11) 14 (38) 1 (3) 51–60 years 35 (52) 29 (42) 14 (21) 22 (33) 10 (15) 61+ years 197 (47) 185 (44) 113 (27) 148 (35) 73 (18)
• To calculate the total percentage of the rows in bold text, the tinnitus column and hearing loss columns should not be included. These two columns (tinnitus and hearing loss) were included in order to allow a more direct comparison with other studies