Tinnitus as an early indicator of permanent hearing loss. A 15 year longitudinal study of noise exposed workers.

@article{Griest1998TinnitusAA,
  title={Tinnitus as an early indicator of permanent hearing loss. A 15 year longitudinal study of noise exposed workers.},
  author={Susan E. Griest and Phillip M. Bishop},
  journal={AAOHN journal : official journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses},
  year={1998},
  volume={46 7},
  pages={325-9}
}
A retrospective study was designed to evaluate tinnitus (ringing or other sounds in the ears or head) as a potential early indicator of permanent hearing loss in a population of noise exposed workers. Data were examined from 91 male employees working in environments with noise levels ranging from 8 hour time weighted averages of 85 to 101 dBA over a period of 15 years. Results of annual audiometric testing were obtained as part of an ongoing hearing conservation program conducted since 1971 by… CONTINUE READING

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