Nine out of ten Belgian students experience tinnitus
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89.5% of the students experience transient tinnitus after exposure to loud music, a Belgian study finds. The use of hearing protection in such situations was also found to be low.
Adolescents and young adults are often exposed to potentially damaging loud music during leisure activities. As a consequence, more and more young adults suffer from tinnitus, hearing loss, and hyperacusis. Noise-induced tinnitus is a common phenomenon among young adults.
A Belgian study among students found that approximately 89.5% of the students had experienced transient tinnitus after loud music exposure. The study also investigated the students’ attitude toward loud music, and the factors influencing their use of hearing protection.
Approximately 89.5% of the students had experienced transient tinnitus after loud music exposure. The prevalence of transient noise-induced tinnitus was higher in female students compared with male students. Permanent noise-induced tinnitus was experienced by 14.8%.
Few were worried
Nevertheless, few respondents were worried and the degree of use of hearing protections such as earplugs was low (11%). The presence of permanent tinnitus was a motivation for the use of hearing protection. Most respondents held a neutral-to-positive attitude towards loud music and were not fully aware of the risks of too much noise exposure.
In the study, a questionnaire was undertaken to evaluate the influence of permanent/transient tinnitus after loud music, the attitudes toward noise/excessive noise, the influence of peers and the use of hearing protection.
The questionnaire was completed by 145 university students.