Can You Be a Children's Nurse with Tinnitus? Screaming, Shouting, Crying Children...

Discussion in 'Support' started by Sarah200, Nov 28, 2018.

    1. Sarah200
      Suicidal

      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      Hi everyone,

      I'm really hoping someone can help me advise my friend.

      Ok so my best friend has finally passed her GCSE and is doing A-level this year (she's the same age as me, early 20's, but it took her years to finally pass them but she never gave up).

      Anyways her dream is to be a children's nurse, she's never wanted to be anything else and can't see herself being anything else. But last year she had an ear infection that led to tinnitus, and a year later it's still there but she has habituated and I have helped her a lot to get through it since I have had tinnitus longer.

      So in other words her tinnitus doesn't bother her anymore but she's worried that because of her tinnitus she can't be a children's nurse.

      This is what I am hoping someone can help advise.

      She's worried if she became a child's nurse that her tinnitus would get worse being around children all day everyday (the screaming, shouting, crying etc).

      I'm not sure how to advise since even though I work in a hospital too, physiotherapists don't have as much noise exposure.

      Is being a children's nurse a bad idea for someone with tinnitus? Could it get worse around screaming, crying children?
       
    2. Jason37

      Jason37 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunshot
      Unlikely, I am phlebotomist and a Medical assistant and I have children screaming in my rooms everyday. I also have two small children screaming in my house everyday also. It's just not as loud as we perceive it to be.

      Life is just not worth putting on pause for tinnitus.

      Since this is a positive post be prepared do a s@$# of negative comments after.
       
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      Sarah200
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      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      Thank you @Jason37, I'm a physiotherapist student in my final year and 60% of the time at placement but so far I have not had a child patient so that's why I could not advise her, thank you for your advice.

      I'm hoping for her that others will be similar to you.
       
    4. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      I have children and have taken them to plenty of doctor appointments. Kids do not scream nonstop. She could possibly slip in a musician’s plug prior to a potentially noisy procedure — like a vaccination. That’s really the only time my kids have let out a loud cry.

      What type of pediatric work is she interested in doing? Some environments will be louder than others. I have sadly walked the halls of pediatric ICUs and they were incredibly quiet. I’ve also spent time in a NICU and the preemies were so tiny that their cries were barely audible.
       
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      Sarah200
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      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      @Tinker Bell she's thinking of working on a children's ward in a hospital.
       
    6. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      I think @Tinker Bell gave good advice. She should be able to perform this job without much of an issue as long as she wears ear protection if things get uncomfortably loud.
       
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      Sarah200
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      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      Thanks @Jack Straw she was thinking of keeping earplugs on her at all times.

      So it looks like nursing is fine for people with tinnitus?
       
    8. Jason37

      Jason37 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunshot
      My aunt is a nurse and has had roaring tinnitus since she was a teenager... she now has profound HL and wears hearing aids and still works as a RN. I had no idea she had tinnitus for 35 years until I got it 19 months ago. She is fine with it at work... as a matter of fact she doesn't even think about it.
       
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      Sarah200
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      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      @Jason37 I'm exactly the same, when I'm at placements I never think of my tinnitus as I'm way too busy, it's not until I get home when I can hear it but I quickly find something to do.
       
    10. Kelvin

      Kelvin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dental Work
      Go for it. Following you dream will lead to a calmer life and work place. Calm is important for T.
      If T persists I am sure she will find ways to cope...she may be so busy she is suitably distracted not to give it the attention it craves.
      Go for it...and the best of luck its a wonderful profession...my wife a nurse...nurses rock X
       
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      Sarah200
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      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      @Kelvin thanks, love the last line, I'll tell her you said nurses rock as it will make her smile and I know she will agree, her mom is a nurse, her grandma was a nurse, she has three aunts and two cousins who are nurses.
       
    12. Red
      Crappy

      Red Member

      Location:
      Northeast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      I don't think it would be a problem unless she has hyperacusis too.
       
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      Sarah200
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      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      @Red she only has mild tinnitus that was caused by an ear infection.

      By mild I mean she's the same as me, can't hear it outside, can't hear it over TV, low music etc, the only place she can hear it is in quiet places.

      She also looks after her ears, never goes to loud events, never uses earphones or headphones I printed a link that @Michael Leigh gave me about headphone use and gave it to her and she has never used headphones since reading it, she only listens to music through her phone or CD player but on low, and uses a sound machine at night.
       
    14. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      In terms of noises from children, I think a children’s ward will be quieter than a pediatric office. Her experience with an ear infection and tinnitus may give her another level of empathy and compassion her patients’ parents will appreciate.
       

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