Increase the proportion of adults who use hearing protection devices around loud sounds — HOSCD‑08 Data Methodology and Measurement

About the National Data

Data

Baseline: 66.7 percent of adults aged 20 to 69 years used hearing protection devices (i.e., earplugs, noise muffs (earmuffs), ear canal caps, or helmets) when exposed to loud sounds or music in 2015-16

Target: 71.4 percent

Numerator
Number of adults aged 20 to 69 years who use hearing protection devices (earplugs, noise muffs (earmuffs), ear canal caps, or helmet) at least half the time when exposed to loud sounds or music.
Denominator
Number of adults aged 20 to 69 years who have been exposed to loud sounds or music (i.e., used firearms and/or had work or non-work exposure to loud sounds or music).
Target-setting method

Minimal statistical significance

Target-setting method details
Minimal statistical significance, assuming the same standard error for the target as for the baseline.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were not available for this objective. The standard error was used to calculate a target based on minimal statistical significance, assuming the same standard error for the target as for the baseline. This method was used because it was a statistically significant improvement from the baseline and the Healthy People 2030 Workgroup Subject Matter Experts expected the data to be difficult to change.

Methodology

Methodology notes

"Regular use" of hearing protection devices (earplugs, earmuffs) means use of these devices at least half the time when exposed to loud sounds or music.

History

Comparable HP2020 objective
Retained, which includes core objectives that are continuing from Healthy People 2020 with no change in measurement.