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Increased risk of injury in tinnitus patients

Study

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Results of a new study provide further evidence that tinnitus combined with high-frequency hearing loss may represent an important safety hazard to workers, especially in noisy environments.

Researchers from Yale’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program (Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA) recently published the results of their study in the International Journal of Audiology. The study included more than 8800 workers employed at six aluminum manufacturing plants between 2003 to 2008.

The aim was to carry out a retrospective analysis of the relative contributions of tinnitus, asymmetrical hearing loss, low-frequency hearing loss, and high-frequency hearing loss to acute injury risk. The study adjusted for ambient noise exposure and for other known predictors of injury risk.

Results showed that there is a 25% increased risk of acute injury and a subset of serious acute injuries among workers with a history of tinnitus in conjunction with high-frequency hearing loss. Low-frequency hearing loss was found to be potentially associated with minor, less serious injury risk. No evidence was found that asymmetry contributes to this risk. The authors mention already established links between tinnitus and sleep disturbance, fatigue, and distraction.

In their conclusion, the researchers point to the importance of carefully examining the communication needs of hearing-impaired workers and workers with tinnitus who are exposed to workplace noise. They also recommend that more studies be conducted to assess relationships between tinnitus, hearing loss, and injury risk.

Source: Cantley LF, et al. Does tinnitus, hearing asymmetry, or hearing loss predispose to occupational injury risk? International Journal of Audiology 2014 Dec 30:1-7; Safety and Health Magazine.

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June 3 Apple announcements embrace hearing health, but are we closer to an actual Apple hearing aid?
June 3 Apple announcements embrace hearing health, but are we closer to an actual Apple hearing aid?

Apps

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New Apple Inc. tech products to be announced on June 3 will reflect the computer giant's increasing focus on healthcare, in particular hearing features aimed at the so-called Silver Tsunami generation of ageing consumers.

Audiology dispute in Costa Rica as state model for buying hearing aids changes
Audiology dispute in Costa Rica as state model for buying hearing aids changes

funding

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A change in Costa Rica's hearing aid purchasing model has triggered a dispute between speech-hearing therapists and state health administrators.

AAA celebrated the Best of Audiology
AAA celebrated the Best of Audiology

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For four days in Columbus, Ohio, thousands of delegates looked to learn from and engage with each other and to inspire the next generation of audiologists coming into the profession.

EHIMA figures show 6.5% year growth in hearing aid sales
EHIMA figures show 6.5% year growth in hearing aid sales

Sales

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April figures released by the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) show that global adoption of hearing aids in 2018 grew faster than in either of the two preceding years.

US NIDCD appoints Duke University professor Debara Tucci as its new director
US NIDCD appoints Duke University professor Debara Tucci as its new director

Nomination

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Dr. Debara L. Tucci will take over in September this year as the next director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), in charge of its annual budget for the nation's hearing matters of around $459m.

Tailored FDA framework planned to let evolving algorithms teach themselves
Tailored FDA framework planned to let evolving algorithms teach themselves

Ai

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The fast-arriving healthcare benefits from evolving artifical intelligence (AI) technology mean a flexible "tailored" regulatory framework must be put in place, says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), though the agency quickly drew criticism for lack of clarity.

Affordable app-based hearing aid can benefit poor children in India
Affordable app-based hearing aid can benefit poor children in India

App

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An Indian Institute of Science (IISc) study has produced an economical prototype for a phone-based hearing aid complete with therapy, aimed at helping children with hearing loss.

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