Evaluating tinnitus in industrial hearing loss prevention programs.
Steinmetz-LG; Zeigelboim-BS; Lacerda-ABM; Morata-TC; Marques-JM
Int Tinnitus J 2008 Dec; 14(2):152-158
This study evaluated the interference of tinnitus on the quality of life for noise-exposed workers enrolled in a hearing conservation program. Noise measurements, a questionnaire, a Brazilian version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and pure-tone audiometry were conducted with 52 participants (mean age, 29 years) who suffered from tinnitus. THI results indicated that tinnitus had the greatest influence in the functional scale (54%). Significant correlations (p < .05) were observed between the periodicity of tinnitus and noise exposure level; degree of tinnitus and exposure to chemicals; total THI score and the scores of the catastrophic, emotional, and functional scales; score of the emotional scale and the functional scale; and results of the THI and the general state of health. An evaluation of tinnitus and its impact could benefit tinnitus sufferers in the workplace.
Hearing-conservation; Hearing-disorders; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-loss; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Questionnaires; Hearing-tests; Hearing-threshold;
Author Keywords: carbon monoxide; health indicators; hearing loss; risk factors
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