Phantom ring is not just a psychological issue, but also a physical one.

The tinnitus "sound" - described by most patients as a constant, high-pitched ring or hiss - is generated by neurons firing in the brain, not the ear.Whether tinnitus is linked to aging, injury or work conditions, it can wreak havoc on concentration and mental fitness. "Anybody who is exposed to loud noises is at risk," suggests says Dr. Miranda, including those who work in construction, transportation (such as in airports and road works), the resources sector (think logging and mining), or as musicians. "The emotional consequences of having tinnitus are very disruptive in the workplace," Dr. Roberts says. "It certainly is a cause for anxiety, depression and a lot of emotional distress," "It all boils down to whether the sounds you need to hear are in the frequency region of the tinnitus," suggests Dr. Roberts. "If you are a railroad engineer and you can't hear the whistle," either because of hearing loss or the frequency of the whistle, "that might be risky," he says. Dr. Miranda agrees, citing a worker with tinnitus who may not hear the high-frequency beeping that accompanies a reversing truck. Studies are shedding light on tinnitus, providing new understanding that may point the way to coping strategies for the age-old « phantom ring ».

Source: Jean Lian; OHS Canada; april-may 2011, vol. 27 no. 3.


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