Tinnitus increasingly affecting children

In seven years the prevalence of tinnitus in school- aged children has increased seven fold, according to a Swedish study. A researcher behind the study terms this an alarming trend.

A team of researchers at Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset in Gothenburg examined the hearing of 950 seven year-olds in 1997. 12 percent of the children were found to suffer from hissing or ringing in their ears. When the researchers repeated their study with 750 seven year-olds in 2004, 61 percent suffered from tinnitus symptoms. Both studies included hearing tests and responses to questionnaires.

More daily noise

”It is quite simply alarming,” said Dr. Kajsa-Mia Holgers, a member of the research team, to the Swedish Dagens Nyheter national daily newspaper. She believes that the findings of the studies reflect that children are surrounded by ever increasing stress and noise.

However, the study provided no indication as to whether or not the tinnitus in the children is permanent or temporary.

”Mostly the tinnitus is temporary, and to some extent an increased awareness of tinnitus may have affected the responses given by the children. But we still face a several fold increase in the problem in just a few years,” said Kajsa-Mia Holgers to the Swedish newspaper.



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