Article Abstract

Occupational noise exposure and hypertension: a case-control study

Authors: Feixia Wang, Xianping Song, Fenglei Li, Ying Bai, Lei Han, Hengdong Zhang, Feng Zhang, Xiaoming Luo, Huanxi Shen, Baoli Zhu


Background: Occupational noise exposure in the workplace is a significant health problem and hypertension is a widespread chronic disease. This study aimed to investigate whether occupational noise exposure is associated with hypertension in a Chinese population.
Methods: A total of 286 hypertensive workers and 630 normotensive workers were enrolled and analyzed in a case-control study.
Results: We revealed that workers exposed to noise can increase the risk of hypertension (adjusted OR 1.52, 95% CI: 1.11–2.08). This effect was more pronounced in ever smoking group (adjusted OR 2.54, 95% CI: 1.16–5.53). When noise exposure combined with never drinking status, it can reduce the risk of hypertension (adjusted OR 1.48, less than 1.52).
Conclusions: Our results provide a clue that occupational noise exposure may increase the risk of hypertension in a Chinese population.