Tinnitus: Ringing in Your Ears Could Mean Serious Illness
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: A Peril for Musicians
Exposure to loud noise – sirens, loud music, or firecrackers – may result in permanent hearing loss, and cause tinnitus in one or both ears. According to a 2014 study published in the British Medical Journal, “noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by one-time acoustic trauma due to sudden explosions, gunfire, or firecrackers, however, it may also develop gradually by repeated exposure to loud noise.” For this reason, tinnitus is the No. 1 disability among veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
The researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology in Germany also found that musicians were “four times more likely to have some level of hearing loss and 57 percent more likely to develop tinnitus.” They reported that 58 percent of classical musicians and 49 percent of rock or pop musicians experienced noise-induced hearing loss.
So whether it’s the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or Bruce Springsteen, be sure to wear earplugs the next time you go to a loud concert to protect yourself from hearing loss and tinnitus.
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