Friday, November 25, 2016

Noisy jobs risk ringing ears, just like rocking out

Scimex: If you're one of those nutters who sticks their heads right next to (or even into) the speakers at a rave or rock concert, you probably know you're risking tinnitus - ringing in the ears. But, even if you're not, excessive noise at work could lead to the same problem, according to UK and US researchers. They surveyed around 5,000 people aged between 17 and 75 and found an increased risk of developing tinnitus is independently linked to listening to loud music a lot, being exposed to loud workplace noise, being older, and having hearing problems. However, they say it's unlikely tinnitus leads to hearing problems, as three quarters of those with tinnitus didn't report problems with their hearing.