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Tinnitus Increasingly Common Among Young People in the Developed World

Written by AudioNotch Team on December 17, 2013

Categories: Hearing

A study in Belgium has validated what many of us have observed – young people aren’t taking care of their hearing:
Annick Gilles, research audiologist at the University Hospital of Antwerp, who is doing her doctoral research about tinnitus has discovered that it is increasingly common among young people in Belgium.

Tinnitus occurs in all walks of life. In adults the prevalence is around fifteen percent, and probably even higher for those in the music industry. Gilles has done a large-scale epidemiological survey among 4,000 young people aged 14 to 25. 85 percent of young people have after noise exposure suffer … Continue Reading

Tinnitus and Pilots: A Study Shows Increased Risk

Written by AudioNotch Team on April 18, 2013

Categories: Hearing Tinnitus

There’s a great deal of noise exposure in certain lines of work. Unsurprisingly, a lot of anecdotal evidence suggests an increased risk of tinnitus among airline pilots. Pilots are routinely exposed to extremely loud noise from the function of their aircraft engines. As such, they often suffer noise induced hearing loss, and consequent to this hearing loss, oftentimes develop tinnitus in the frequency spectrum of hearing loss. Despite efforts to protect the hearing of pilots, these efforts appear to be largely unsuccessful. A study confirms the association between being a pilot and acquiring tinnitus:


Frequent or constant tinnitus can … Continue Reading

Noel Gallagher, Frontman of Oasis, Reveals He Has Tinnitus

Written by AudioNotch Team on April 02, 2013

Categories: Hearing Tinnitus

Add another casualty to the list of musicians felled by tinnitus secondary to noise-induced hearing loss:
Noel Gallagher has revealed that he is suffering from tinnitus, having recently being diagnosed with the condition by doctors.

The condition, which is characterised by ringing in the ears in the absence of external sound, affects a number of musicians with loud music often causing damage over a number of years. Both Chris Martin of Coldplay and The Who’s Pete Townshend are sufferers.
There’s also an interesting part of the interview where he talks about being diagnosed with the aid of brain imaging … Continue Reading

William Shatner Speaks About His Tinnitus During a Video Interview

Written by AudioNotch Team on March 28, 2013

Categories: Hearing Tinnitus

Here’s a wonderful video interview with William Shatner talking about his tinnitus and how it affected him:


How Much Hearing Loss is Acceptable for AudioNotch to Work?

Written by AudioNotch Team on January 05, 2013

Categories: Hearing Tinnitus

AudioNotch provides Tailor-Made Notched Sound Therapy. One form of this therapy is Notched White Noise.

Notched White Noise has only been shown to work in individuals with less than 55 dB of hearing loss (the upper limit of moderate hearing loss). This does not  necessarily mean that it cannot work in individuals with greater than this level of hearing loss, but it does mean that we cannot claim, from the evidence that we have, that it will work in people with hearing loss exceeding this threshold.

We have had an anecdote from a user who had severe hearing loss in … Continue Reading

Another Musician Suffers from Noise-Induced Hearing Damage

Written by AudioNotch Team on November 06, 2012

Categories: Hearing Tinnitus

History, unfortunately, has repeated itself. Popular musician Grimes has experienced hearing damage so severe that she’s had to call off multiple concerts. This episode really stresses the importance of education in preventing hearing damage (and possibly tinnitus) from noise-based exposure.
Canadian electro-pop star Grimes (real name Claire Boucher) was recently forced off the road. “Hey guys, so sorry 4 the cancelled shows. im having trouble w hearing loss, tinnitus & am trying 2 stay away from loud music 4 a bit,” she tweeted after cancelling a string of Canadian dates.
Furthermore, hearing loss at concerts is exacerbated by the consumption … Continue Reading

Veterans and Tinnitus

Written by AudioNotch Team on September 06, 2012

Categories: Hearing Tinnitus

Veterans, given their increased exposure noise-induced hearing damage, are at a significantly increased risk of developing tinnitus. Common exposure risks are typically explosions and gunfire. Being in the vicinity of warzone entails exposure to a variety of risks. Fortunately, various measures are oftentimes taken in order to prevent the development of hearing loss and associated tinnitus. Hearing protection is increasingly a standard that has been adopted by many professional armies. However, it’s not only combat-related noise trauma that can induce tinnitus – any type of constant exposure to a loud enough auditory stimulus can cause long term hearing damage. You … Continue Reading

The Dangers of Concerts Without Earplugs

Written by AudioNotch Team on August 30, 2012

Categories: Hearing Tinnitus

A lot of people might dismiss this story as farcical, even ridiculous. A lot of criticism has been levied at the the prevalence of spurious litigation in the American court system. That said, there’s little doubt in my mind that this woman’s story is true:
An Oregon woman has filed a $9.2 million lawsuit against pop star Justin Bieber, alleging she suffered permanent hearing loss at his Portland concert two years ago…
The lawsuit says Betts has been seeing ear specialists because of hearing loss; severe tinnitus, or noise or ringing in the ears; and hyperacusis, a sensitivity … Continue Reading

New Evidence That Headphones Can Cause Hearing Loss

Written by AudioNotch Team on August 30, 2012

Categories: Hearing Tinnitus

One of the most insidious forms of hearing loss occurs through what appear to be relatively benign objects: headphones. Headphones, when playing music with a high enough volume, can cause noise induced hearing loss. It’s particularly concerning given that people use headphones on a regular basis. Youth in particular are at high risk for this sort of behaviour – that’s why it’s important, even when listening to Notched Sound Therapy, to keep the volume below 85 dB, which is the level at which permanent hearing loss can occur via sustained listening.

A new research paper has announced … Continue Reading

Chris Martin Suffers from Tinnitus

Written by AudioNotch Team on June 28, 2012

Categories: Tinnitus

Add another one to the long list of musicians who’ve developed tinnitus from loud noise exposure. Chris Martin has tinnitus:
‘I’ve had tinnitus for about ten years, and since I started protecting my ears it hasn’t got any worse – touch wood. 

‘But I wish I’d thought about it earlier.

‘Now [the band] always use moulded filter plugs, or in-ear monitors, to try to protect our ears.
This article highlights the importance of prevention, and the importance of prevention of worsening of tinnitus. Ideally, one would prevent noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus by protecting their hearing. However, even for … Continue Reading