December 10, 2016 in Latest News
Fifteen per cent of workers who have been exposed to occupational noise at some point in their careers have tinnitus, a debilitating often high-pitched ringing in the ears, found a new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This is compared to five per cent of workers who have never been exposed to occupational noise.
“Tinnitus is prevalent and very common; especially common among noise-exposed workers,” says Elizabeth Masterson, lead author and epidemiologist at NIOSH in Cincinnati. “Hearing loss prevention and early detection and intervention to stop the hearing loss is critical.”