What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears, affects approximately 50 million Americans. Tinnitus can take on many forms, ranging from a ringing, buzzing, “whooshing”, or even a clicking sound. Everyone’s form of tinnitus is a little bit different, but there’s one common factor: it interrupts and disturbs your life. Tinnitus can be slightly annoying to some, and completely debilitating to others. During the day, background noise helps to mask the sound, but many sufferers have trouble sleeping. There’s not much sound activity at night to mask the ringing, and the quiet environment may seem to exacerbate the symptoms.
Is Work Causing Your Tinnitus?
Tinnitus has many causes, but the most common is exposure to loud noise. This exposure can be of a short duration or over prolonged periods of time. These short durations may be something such as a close-range gunshot without ear protection. An example of a longer duration may be a loud work environment. Loud work environments can include such professions as:
- Construction workers
- Military servicemen and women
These are only a few examples of loud environments; your job may still contain hazards. If your office job allows you to listen to music, be advised of the volume coming through your headphones or speakers.
How Can I Prevent Tinnitus At Work?
Exposure to loud noise is preventable, save for a few exceptions. It’s important to take proper precautions when working in a hazardous environment to prevent tinnitus. There are ear plugs specifically designed for musicians and frequent concert-goers. Construction workers often wear protection such as thick boots, hard hats – ear plugs should also be an inclusion in the safety precautions.
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