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9 Jun 2015

Tinnitus and hearing loss increase the risk for injuries at work


Workers with a history of tinnitus (ringing in the ear) together with a high-frequency hearing loss are more likely to be injured, according to a study from Yale University in the US.

 The researchers analysed more than 9,900 production and maintenance workers who were employed at six aluminium manufacturing plants from 2003 to 2008. Researchers adjusted for ambient noise exposure as part of the project.

The risk of acute injury was 25 percent greater among workers with tinnitus and high-frequency hearing loss. Workers with tinnitus and low-frequency hearing loss did not face the same risk of acute injury but were more likely to sustain minor injuries.

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At-risk workers in noisy work environments might require an additional examination of their hearing and hearing protection needs, the researchers said.

The study was published Dec. 30 in the International Journal of Audiology.