The prevention of tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss

Larry E. Roberts, William Hal Martin, Daniel J. Bosnyak

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Keypoints: 1. Although tinnitus is more common in older -individuals, it can occur at any age. Because tinnitus in most individuals is associated with hearing impairment, prevalence may be increasing among youthful populations owing to exposure to environmental and recreational sound. 2. At present, there are no effective medical treatments for chronic tinnitus. Because hearing loss is a major risk factor, primary prevention is possible. Primary prevention is effective in other health domains, although it takes time for such programs to have impact. 3. Public education programs, role modeling by -parents, cooperation from employers and industry, awareness campaigns, education of health professionals about avoidable risk factors, legislated standards for sound-emitting devices, and protection strategies that are acceptable to the young as well as adults, all have a role to play. 4. Dangerous Decibels is an example of a -successful program aimed at reducing noise-induced -hearing loss and tinnitus among school-aged -children and young adults. 5. Epidemiological research tracking the prevalence of hearing loss and tinnitus at all ages, and research on intervention approaches, can provide essential information about effectiveness and long-term trends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTextbook of Tinnitus
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781607611448
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Dangerous Decibels
  • Epidemiology
  • Hearing loss
  • Noise exposure
  • Prevention
  • Tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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