Professions that are may be more likely to cause tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Emma, Mar 1, 2013.

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    1. Emma

      Emma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      -I cant imagine construction workers having to work around so much noise, even with noise protection. The jack hammers-yikes!:eek:
      -Bartenders- if the bar is very loud and they are working every night
      - Air traffic controllers

      I know there are alot of obvious one I am leaving out- your thoughts? Any find that their tinnitus is related to exposure at work?

      Sorry the title is akwardly phrased- i cant edit it
       
    2. anderson

      anderson Member

      Location:
      Czech Republic
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2006
      Ok, this may sound odd, but I'm more or less convinced that for some reason programmers: just look at this forum. Click, radar, Louise, Map, mick, Fish, Markku (not sure), erik and also me. And those are just a few I've noticed when lurking here.
       
    3. Emma

      Emma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Could it be coincidence? We know that some of the members you mentioned can pinpoint their cause- ear syringing and loud music exposure in two cases.
       
    4. anderson

      anderson Member

      Location:
      Czech Republic
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2006
      Well, definitely can be. After all mine is also most probably due to the noise trauma.

      On the other hand my ENT told me once during an appoitment that this is quite common among IT guys. Maybe it's a bit harder for us to cope with it as Louise mentioned in another thread:

       
    5. Louise

      Louise Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/06/2012
      There's DezDog too.

      But like Emma said some of us know the reasons why we have it and its not our jobs. I still think its more likely that we are higher in number on here due to being a type of person who struggles with it.

      Another thing is that as we are programmers we notice other programmers. I have noticed a few farmers on here too. Maybe there are other professions that are well represented too but we havent noticed them? I think this probably calls for another poll :)
       
    6. Emma

      Emma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Good idea Louise :)
       
    7. Emma

      Emma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      How about pilots- arent they constantly dealing with pressure changes in their ears? Would this make them more prone to ear infections?
       
    8. click
      Busy

      click Member Benefactor

      Location:
      West Cornwall, England, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure
      There's a whole website devoted to pilots with tinnitus & middle ear problems.. I spent hours reading it all a few months ago.. some pretty clued up members on there.

      When i get back to my PC I'll try and find it and post a link.
       
    9. Fish
      Balanced

      Fish Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2012
      Army. Self-explanatory, veterans are the reason there is still some funding in this field of medicine...

      I think the second biggest group will be musicians and people associated with music industry (not backed up by any data though, just personal experience). Screaming crowds and 100+ dB festival music can take it's toll...

      Also, I am not really a programmer :p I just do a lot of tasks on a computer.

      edit: I wanted to add some example from wikipedia: On July 15, 2009, in Ottawa, Canada, the band Kiss achieved a SPL of 136 dB measured during their live performance. After noise complaints from neighbors in the area, the band was forced to turn the volume down.

      Harmful stupidity in my opinion.
       
    10. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19198197

      INTRODUCTION:
      Frequent or constant tinnitus can be a problem for pilots because it can be distracting and/or interfere with communications in the cockpit. We studied tinnitus in a population of airline pilots to determine its prevalence and identify predictors.

      METHODS:
      A total of 418 male and 42 female pilots on duty in a Swedish airline returned a completed tinnitus questionnaire (response rate 79%). Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed; variables retained in the model included age, smoking, exposure to loud impulse noise during leisure time, previous work as a military pilot, years of employment as a commercial pilot, and type of aircraft. When available, the pilots' most recent routine audiometric test (N = 388) was used to study the association between hearing impairment and tinnitus.

      RESULTS:
      A total of 40% of respondents had experienced tinnitus for more than 5 min during the past year, 18% reported constant or severe tinnitus, and 12% had at some time visited a doctor for problems related to tinnitus. There were associations between tinnitus and age, impulse noise, and hearing impairment at 3, 4, and 6 kHz. There was no association with aircraft type or work as a military pilot. Pilots with tinnitus were more likely to report themselves disturbed by noise in the cockpit.

      CONCLUSION:
      These results show that tinnitus is relatively common among pilots and can create problems with sensitivity to noise. The frequency of tinnitus is most closely related to age, gender, exposure to high impulse noise during leisure time, and hearing impairment.
       

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