Can Listening to Someone Cough 8 Hours a Day Every 5 Minutes Lead to Hearing Loss?

Discussion in 'Support' started by jdjd09, Dec 28, 2018.

    1. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      So, I work somewhere and there is a lady who basically sits near me who won't stop coughing. Has been doing it for a year now and shows no signs of stopping. I am hoping to get out of this job in next few months and never see this situation again.

      But, I never really thought about this until she got worse recently. She used to cough in spurts for an hour and then give it a rest. Now, she has started doing it all day long every 2-5 minutes. Loud coughing. I have requested to move away from them, but it seems they wont allow it. Yes, it is annoying.

      Anyways, I got concerned recently, to the point that I got a decibel reader out for curiosity (one I calibrated with a real decibel reader I have). It was reading 75 dB about when the cough goes on for 1 to 2 seconds. This goes on again every 2 minutes-5 minutes.

      Would something like this lead to me hurting my hearing? I already have some hearing loss, so this is a problem for me. I do not wan't to loss more hearing.

      Just very concerned. Am I overworrying about this or is this a genuine concern for me? I put myself in stupid situations in the past and don't want that to occur again.

      PS: Please only give reasonable and sound responses. I am already worried enough about the world.
    2. Nathan

      Nathan Member

      Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music, Concert, Bad Luck
      No, not at all.
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    3. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma

      I can see how it could potentially lead to T spiking, but if that hasn't happened already, there is no reason for you to worry about it.
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    4. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Advocate

      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      Very much doubt it.
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    5. Gman

      Gman Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic earwax drops
      @jdjd09 There are some loud coughers out there. Can definitely aggravate T. More likely to lead to TB than increased T. (j/k). Maybe suggest she sees a doctor.

      Also ask to sit somewhere else. If it is annoying it’s bad for productivity.
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