According to a study published in The Medical Journal of Australia, the prevalence of tinnitus in the Australian workforce is high, particularly in certain occupations. Workplace practices and conditions that increase the risk of tinnitus should be examined, and targeted workplace prevention strategies developed.
Few studies have examined the prevalence of tinnitus in working people, and national information for Australian workers is not available. The study therefore examined the prevalence of occasional, intermittent, and constant tinnitus in Australian workers. Understanding who is at greatest risk of developing tinnitus will aid development of targeted workplace interventions.
The study estimates that about one‐quarter of Australian workers experience tinnitus, including half a million for whom it is always present. Its prevalence is higher among men than women and increases with age. Tinnitus is more frequent in people employed as automotive workers, drivers, farmers, and in other trades. Workplace exposure to noise and ototoxic chemicals increases the risk of tinnitus.
Tinnitus – the perception of sound in the absence of an external stimulus – is common, and can disturb sleep, cause anxiety and depression, and substantially impair quality of life. Tinnitus is an increasing burden for healthcare systems and reduces workforce productivity. As the pathophysiology of tinnitus is poorly understood and effective treatments are few, the key to reducing its impact is prevention.
Risk factors for tinnitus include otologic conditions, other medical conditions, and lifestyle factors. However, the major risk factors for tinnitus are increasing age, hearing loss, and excessive noise exposure. Noise exposure is a risk factor for tinnitus both with and without hearing loss, and its effect is independent of age. Other workplace factors, such as solvents and exposure to lead and carbon monoxide can also contribute to otologic damage.
Watching someone we love suffer from a chronic health condition can be painful and stressful. At its worst, tinnitus can become torturous, destroying a sufferer’s quality of life. Anxiety and stress increase, sleep becomes more difficult, and the noise inescapable.
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