By Zee Maq

Why Are Dentists At An Increased Risk Of Hearing Loss And Tinnitus?

A study was conducted on a group of dentists to assess the health impacts of the sound emitted by their medical equipment. The study focused on qualifying how many practicing dentists are at risk of medical conditions like NIHL (noise infused hearing loss) and tinnitus. Dentists At An Increased Risk Of Hearing Loss And Tinnitus and we will show you why.

The Main Focus

For decades now, audiologists have been carefully studying dentists as they can develop medical conditions like tinnitus and NIHL while working with their professional equipment. The noise emitted from their equipment, namely their handpieces and suction apparatus, puts them at risk.

While several smaller studies conducted in the past found and presented mixed results, they encouraged more research on the topic. The OSHA (occupational safety and health administration) quantifies the level of sound which should not be exceeded within the workplace. While some studies have noted that the OSHA standards are followed in a number of dental clinics, most clinics exceed these limits because of their equipment.

For reference, here are some studies on hearing loss.

  • One study which focused on the handpieces used by the dentists found that the high-speed handpieces can produce noise of up to 87 dBA, which is over the standard limit suggested by OSHA guidelines.
  • Another study found that the handpiece produces over 102dB SPL sound, which is a hazardous sound pressure level.

Usually, newer electrically operated equipment and ones that do not operate at their full potential don’t emit dangerously high levels of noise. Some studies have also focused on the number of times dentists are exposed to sound while they’re working.

While newer handpieces are quieter due to technological advancements, the level of sound they produce is still concerning for the health of the dentists and healthcare professionals using them regularly for elongated periods.

In addition to evaluating the noise emitted by dentists’ equipment, studies have also tested the hearing threshold of dentists compared to physicians. In these tests, physicians were usually found to have a better hearing threshold compared to the practicing dentists. Even a study conducted on dental students suggested that students typically suffer from TTS (Temporary Threshold Shift) after using handpieces in the laboratory. Unfortunately, repeated TTS can lead to a permanent threshold shift.

Tests comparing the hearing health of different types of dentists have also been conducted. For example, researchers found that dentists who use high-speed handpieces usually have a poorer hearing threshold compared to dentists who never used those handpieces. This suggests that the use of noisy equipment leads to a permanent decline in hearing ability.

Tinnitus in Dentists

Although more studies should be conducted to explore dentists’ hearing health, there are some studies that show specific results. A survey conducted in South Africa found that over 31% of all practicing dentists in South Africa had tinnitus. A study in the UAE found that over 21% suffered from hearing loss, and 37% accepted that they suffer from tinnitus. However, there are no such reports regarding this issue in the US; there is almost no progress being made to ensure the hearing health and safety of American dentists.

These alarming results suggest that there is a need to increase the NIHL and tinnitus testing of dentists, especially given the new and improved equipment. Also, all the medical equipment that they use in their clinics needs to be tested and compared against each other in order to reach some conclusive results. The study, which is described below, worked to address these questions by measuring the noise levels of standard equipment being used in dental clinics. This is in combination with a survey that accessed the extension of NIHL and tinnitus exposure of dentists. Real practicing dentists were involved in the study to reach reliable results.

Equipment Used

Individual Handpieces

Individual handpieces’ noise levels were tested when a licensed dental professional used them. A mannequin was used to make the setup like a dental office. The sound level was recorded whenever the handpiece was used on the teeth of the mannequin. The teeth used were the same as the ones used to train dental students in medical colleges. 8 different usage scenarios were set up in order to measure the sound levels coming out of the handpieces.

Similarly, a high sound producing suction apparatus was also assessed for sound level. This apparatus was also used in different settings to collect valuable research data and to see how it creates varying levels of sound under different usage scenarios.

All of the measurements were made and compiled according to the common usage scenario of the dental equipment. 20 second sound samples were collected and were compared against each other for reference.

Sound Level Measurements In Dental Operatory

Dental device sound measurements were also made during dental student training in the laboratory. During the laboratory exam, over 60 headpieces were running in full capacity under the same operatory. They were simulating the environment inside a busy dental practice.

In this examination, the operatory was sampled from 12 different locations to get the average amount of sound being produced by 60 handpieces running simultaneously. These samples also included recordings from near the level of the students when they had a running handpiece in their hands.

A Survey Was Run on the Oklahoma Dentists

In this study, a questionnaire containing two main parts was emailed to the members of the Oklahoma Dental Association (ODA). The survey asked them to fill the questionnaire with information from their personal experiences. The questionnaire was specifically designed to do the following two things:

  • Assess the exposure of those dentists to different sound ranges (mostly the ranges being produced by the equipment mentioned above).
  • Assess their exposure to NIHL and tinnitus.

The first part of the survey asked the dentists for their age, gender, and the number of years they’ve been practicing in the dental field. The second part of the survey asked them if they’ve ever been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus.

Since more information was needed regarding tinnitus, the survey also asks a few more questions to the people who reported suffering from tinnitus. These questions were asked to assess the severity and frequency of tinnitus they experienced. The survey also asked them how long they were exposed to noisy dental equipment and if they used some sort of protective gear to keep themselves safe from this noise.

Dentists At An Increased Risk Of Hearing Loss And Tinnitus.

The Results

Measurements made in the operatory when suction apparatus was used alone or with a handpiece suggested that a dangerous level of noise was being made by the equipment. The data collected from the ODA dentists suggested that they suffered from hearing loss according to the national average. Also, more dentists reported their exposure to tinnitus than was expected.

In Individual Handpieces

When single working handpieces were tested for sound levels, they usually made sounds of up to 70 to 83 dBA, which is below the maximum limit suggested by NIOSH (the recommended maximum 8-hour limit is 85 dBA). However, when the handpiece was used in combination with obstructed and unobstructed suction, the noise emitted exceeded the 85 dBA limit. This might be the reason for the loss of hearing in the dentists with more exposure to this apparatus.

In the Training Operatory

The data and sound samples collected from various simultaneously running handpieces in a single operatory did not exceed the NIOSH suggested maximum limit. And, since training mannequins were being used by the trainees, in this case, no suction apparatus was used along with the handpieces in the large operatory.

The Oklahoma Dentists’ Survey

Three hundred ninety-five dentists of ODA were contacted and were sent the emails, including questionnaires. Of those, 144 surveys were completed and returned. All of the further analysis was conducted using these filled questionnaires.

Demographics of the Research

The mean age of the ODA dentists that responded was 57.5 years, and the range was between 76 and 35 years old. They had an average of 27.2 years of experience in the field. A majority of the participants were males which are in line with the overall percentage of males and females in the dentistry industry in the US.

Hearing Loss

1 in every 4 respondents reported a loss of hearing ability. However, keep in mind that around half of them were over 60 years of age. The hearing loss was found to be equal, or even slightly lower than, the national average when the studies were compared to the suggested national average of hearing loss per decade of life.

Over 31% of the dentists believed that their dentistry career had caused a decrease in their hearing threshold.


Some tinnitus was reported by 1 in every 3 respondents. Additionally, 1 in every 3 of the dentists reporting tinnitus mentioned that their tinnitus problem is very bothersome.

In contrast to the hearing loss measurements, which coincided with the national average, tinnitus measurements exceeded the national average. Some dentists even suggested that they find their tinnitus to be worsened by the end of their workday. One quarter believed that their tinnitus problem was because of their dental profession, while over half of them weren’t sure about this.

Dentists At An Increased Risk Of Hearing Loss And Tinnitus

Ototoxic Medications to avoid

Understanding Hearing protection

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Medications Hearing Loss, Ototoxic Hearing Loss, Drug Hearing Loss, Medications that cause hearing loss and Tinnitus

Medications that cause hearing loss and Tinnitus

Medications Hearing Loss, Ototoxic Hearing Loss, Drug Hearing Loss, Medications that cause hearing loss, and Tinnitus.

You may not know that connections between hearing loss and medications exist. You definitely would never expect that a simple pill your doctor prescribed you would cause anything from partial to sudden complete hearing loss.

So you found a professional, and they made their best guess on a pill to give you to change the state of your condition.

The problem occurs because you are not sitting in his office as you should. You are ignorant and intimidated because you don’t know medicine, and you have not realized that the sign above his door says practicing medicine. Practicing is just guessing on how others have reacted before you; mistakes can happen.

When you receive an antibiotic like Floxin, be careful. It can cause death. Or if you live through the treatment, it can still cause Ototoxic Hearing Loss, Ototoxic Tinnitus, or heaven forbid as I experienced, both.

My recommendation is to follow my lead.

Go to the doctors with your Google app open and ready to go. Doctors don’t usually like this as you challenge their authority.

I recently did this at the dentist, and when he went to describe a simple pain management medication, I Googled it and found the side effects and told him that I could not live with this risk, what other drugs are available, and he prescribed Tramadol. I went from the most addictive opioid with massive side effects to the least addictive painkiller and learned the precautions and limits with a reduced chance of addiction.

Here is a pamphlet that I found on the side effects. It’s about medications that cause hearing loss and Tinnitus and how to avoid them at all costs.

The Pamphlet

This pamphlet indicates which most commonly used medications could potentially cause damage to your hearing or aggravate an already existing problem. It is vital that you, the patient, take responsibility for knowing which drugs you should try to avoid.

Usually, any hearing problem will only be caused by exceeding the recommended dosage of the medications. Often these problems are reversible upon discontinuation of the drug. Occasionally there are times when this change in hearing can be permanent. If you are experiencing a hearing problem, or if there is a hearing disorder in your family, ensure that your treating physician and pharmacist know.

Medications Hearing Loss, Ototoxic Hearing Loss, Drug Hearing Loss, Medications that cause hearing loss and Tinnitus

Medications Hearing Loss, Ototoxic Hearing Loss, Drug Hearing Loss, Medications that cause hearing loss and Tinnitus

If you’re prescribed one of the medications found on this list, you should immediately speak to your physician to see if another, potentially less toxic drug, could be used in its place. (This is why you need to have Google ready to search).

If the drug is over-the-counter, you should ask the pharmacist for a recommendation of a less toxic drug.

In the lists that follow, the generic name of the drug is given first. The trade name, if available, follows capitalized and in parentheses.

Many times a particular generic drug is manufactured under several trade names.

This list was compiled by:

Orin S. Kaufman, D.O.

Here is a list of Medications that cause hearing loss and Tinnitus, ototoxic hearing loss, Drug Hearing Loss, and is not an exhaustive list.

This is a list of Medications that cause hearing loss and Tinnitus, ototoxic hearing loss, Drug Hearing Loss and is not an exhaustive list.

This is a list of Medications that cause hearing loss and Tinnitus, ototoxic hearing loss, Drug Hearing Loss, and is not an exhaustive list.

Medications that cause hearing loss


• aspirin and aspirin-containing products

• salicylates and methyl- salicylates (linaments)

(Toxic effects appear to be dose-related and are almost always reversible once medications are discontinued.)

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

(Most NSAIDS have the potential for causing hearing loss and Tinnitus. Because new drugs are frequently approved for use, you must check with your doctor or pharmacist to determine if the medication you were prescribed can cause a problem.)

• diclofenac (Voltaren)

• etodolac (Lodine)

• fenoprofen (Nalfon)

• ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, etc.)

• indomethacin (Indocin)

• naproxen (Naprosyn, Anaprox, Aleve)

• piroxicam (Feldene)

• sulindac (Clinoril)

(Toxic effects are dose-related and are

almost always reversible once medications are discontinued.)


• aminoglycosides

– amikacin (Amakin)

– gentamycin (Garamycin)

– kanamycin (Kantrex)

– neomycin (Found in many over-the-counter antibiotic ointments.)

– netilmicin (Netromycin)

– streptomycin

– tobramycin (Nebcin)

(Of particular interest: topical ear drop medications containing gentamycin or neomycin do not appear to be ototoxic in humans unless the tympanic membrane (eardrum) is perforated. When a solution of an aminoglycoside antibiotic is used on the skin and used together with an aminoglycoside antibiotic, there is a risk of an increase of the ototoxic effect. It is also the case if used intravenously; there is a risk of a rise in ototoxic effects, primarily if the solution used on a wound that is open or raw or if the patient has underlying kidney damage.

Neomycin is the most toxic drug to the structure involved in hearing, the cochlea, so it is recommended for topical use only. But even topical therapy had resulted in hearing loss when large areas were treated, and large amounts of the drug were absorbed into the body. Hearing loss caused by this class of antibiotics is usually permanent.

• erythromycin

– (EES)

– (E-mycin)

– (Ilosone)

– (Eryc)

– (Pediazole)

– (Biaxin)

– (Zithromax)

(Usually ototoxic when given in intravenous doses of 2-4 grams per

24 hours, especially if there is underlying kidney failure.)

• vancomycin (Vancocin) (Similar to aminoglycosides in that it may be ototoxic when used intravenously in life-threatening infections. The fact that aminoglycosides and vancomycin are often used together intravenously when treating life-threatening infections further exaggerates the problem.)

• minocycline (Minocin) (Similar to erythromycin)

• polymixin B & amphotericin B

(Antifungal preparations)

• capreomycin (Capestat) (Anti-tuberculosis medication)

Drugs that can cause Tinnitus


• bendroflumethiazide (Corzine)

• bumetanide (Bumex)

• chlorthalidone (Tenoretic)

• ethacrynic acid (Edecrin)

• furosemide (Lasix)

(These are usually ototoxic when given intravenously for acute kidney failure, acute hypertensive crisis, or acute pulmonary edema/congestive heart failure. Rare cases of ototoxicity have been found when these medications are taken orally in high doses by people with chronic kidney disease.)

Chemotherapeutic Agents

• bleomycin (Blenoxane)

• bromocriptine (Parlodel)

• carbo platinum (Carboplatin)

• cisplatin (Platinol)

• methotrexate (Rheumatrex)

• nitrogen mustard (Mustargen)

• vinblastin (Velban)

• vincristine (Oncovin)

(The ototoxic effects can be minimized by

carefully monitoring blood levels.)


• chloroquine phosphate (Aralen)

• quinacrine hydrochloride


• quinine sulfate (Quinam)

(The ototoxic effects are very similar to

those of aspirin.)

Mucosal Protectant

• misoprostol (Cytotec)

Narcotic Analgesics

• hydrocodone (Lorcet, Vicodin)

Vapors, Solvents

• cyclohexane

• dichloromethane

• hexane (gasoline)

• lindane (Kwell)

• methyl-chloride

• methyl-n-butyl-ketone

• perchlor-ethylene

• Styrene

• tetrachlor-ethane

• toluol

• trichloroethylene


• aminoglycosides (see the previous section)

• amphotericin B

• chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin)

• minocycline (Minocin)

• polymyxin B

• sulfonamides (Septra, Bactrim)

• vancomycin (Vancocin)


• bleomycin (Blenoxane)

• cis-platinum (Platinol)

• carbo platinum (Paraplatin)

• methotrexate (Rheumatrex)

• nitrogen mustard (Mustagen)

• vinblastin (Velban)


• acetazolamide (Diamox)

• bumetanide (Bumex)

• bendrofluazide

• clorothalidone (Hygroton, Tenoretic)

• diapamide

• ethacrynic acid (Edecrin)

• furosemide (Lasix)

• hydrochlorthiazide (Hydrodiuril)

• methylchlorthizide (Enduron)

Cardiac Medications

• celiprolol

• flecainide (Tambocar)

• lidocaine

• metoprolol (Lopressor)

• procainamide (Pronestyl)


• propranolol (Inderal)

• quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex)

• indomethacin (Indocin)

• isoxicam

• ketoprofen (Orudis)

Psychopharmacological Agents

• amitryptiline (Elavil)

• benzodiazepine class

– alprazolam (Xanax)

– clorazepate (Tranxene)

– chlordiazepoxide (Librium)

– diazepam (Valium)

– flurazepam (Dalmane)

– lorazepam (Ativan)

– midazolam (Versed)

– oxazepam (Serax)

– prozepam (Centrax)

– quazepam (Doral)

– temazepam (Restoril)

– triazolam (Halcion)

• bupropion (Welbutrin)

• carbamzepine (Tegretol)

• diclofensine

• doxepin (Sinequin)

• desiprimine (Norpramin)

• fluoxetin (Prozac)

• imipramine (Tofranil)

• lithium

• melitracen

• molindon (Moban)

• paroxetin

• phenelzin (Nardil)

• protriptilin (Vivactil)

• trazodon (Desyrel)

• zimeldin

Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

(Please see notation for NSAIDS under “hearing loss.”)

• aspirin

• acematacine

• benorilate

• benoxaprofen

• carprofen

• diclofenac (Voltaren)

• diflunisal (Dolobid)

• fenoprofen (Nalfon)

• feprazon

• ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin)

• methyl salicylates (BenGay)

• naproxen (Naprosyn, Anaprox, Aleve)

• D-Penicilliamin

• phenylbutazone (Butazolidine)

• piroxicam (Feldene)

• proglumetacin

• proquazon

• rofecoxib (Vioxx)

• salicylates

• sulindac (Clinoril)

• tolmetin (Tolectin)

• zomepirac


• prednisolone (Prednisone)

• ACTH (adrenocorticotrophic hormone) (Acthar)


• bupivacain

• tetracain

• lidocaine (Novacaine)


• chloroquine (Aralen)

• hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)


• thalidomide (Thalomid)

Miscellaneous Toxic Substances

• alcohol

• arsenum

• caffeine

• lead

• marijuana

• nicotine

• mercury

• auronofin (gold, Ridaura)

(Ironically, several of these drugs found to cause Tinnitus, are also used to treat

tinnitus (e.g., amitryptiline, benzodiazepine class, carbamazepine, furosemide, lidocaine, prednisone).)

Medications Hearing Loss, Ototoxic Hearing Loss, Drug Hearing Loss, Medications that cause hearing loss and Tinnitus

This is a list of Medications that cause hearing loss and Tinnitus, ototoxic hearing loss, Drug Hearing Loss, and is not an exhaustive list.

About the League

A pioneer in hearing rehabilitation, human services, and hearing conservation. The League for the Hard of Hearing, founded in 1910, is a private, not-for-profit rehabilitation agency for infants, children, and adults who are hard of hearing, deaf, and deaf-blind.

The mission of the League for the Hard of Hearing is to improve the quality of life for people with all degrees of hearing loss. This is accomplished by providing hearing rehabilitation and human service programs for people who are hard of hearing and deaf, and their families, regardless of age or mode of communication.
We strive to empower consumers and professionals to achieve their potential and to provide leadership to, and be the model for, disciplines that relate to hearing rehabilitation.
We promote hearing conservation and provide public education about hearing.

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Drug Facts & Comparisons. (1995) St. Louis, MO. J.B. Lippincott.
Epstein, S. (1996) What you should know about ototoxic medications. Journal of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, 16, 29-30.
PDR Drug Interactions and Side Effects. (50th ed.). (1996). Montvale, N.J: Medical Economics Co.
Physicians Desk Reference (50th ed.). (1996). Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Co. Suss, E. When the Hearing Gets Hard. (pp. 167-216). New York, NY: Bantam Books.
USP is dispensing Information. (1997). In Drug Information for the Health Care Professional. Vol. 1. Rockville, MD: The United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc.

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Does the Coronavirus Treatment Cause Tinnitus and Hearing Loss? Sneak peek at what the headlines will read in a few months; coronavirus survivors will have other health complications.


Imagine that you live through the nightmare that is the Coronavirus, and now you have a massive ringing in your ears. Could it be a lifelong issue? Do you have sudden hearing loss in one or both ears?

This happens all the time to thousands of people around the world, whose cases don’t get reported. You must be aware of the side effects of medications you are given, and if the cure is worth it.

In November 1997, I took the antibiotic Floxin for a few issues that I was having, and not a day later, my ears started ringing like in a movie where they show a deafening explosion. The only difference is, my ears have never stopped ringing. God forbid, if you happen to get the Coronavirus, it won’t be treated by an antibiotic but you might want to stop and think about the treatment.

Although doctors mean well, you must remember that they are only practicing medicine. They are not scientists, and their job is to guess about what problem you have, run some tests, and then prescribe you the correct medicine. (Sometimes receiving a good bonus from the pharmaceutical rep is also their motive). Then, depending on the medication, they wait for results; including death, despite that being a terrible thought. I would almost promise you that if you were their own family member, they would take time to study the side effects of whatever medication they are promoting.

We are in a difficult, complicated place in medicine today, as there are many existing solutions. Still, those solutions are not always made public or put into practice for various reasons, and having coronavirus could bring unexpected side effects after the fact.

I am not a doctor or an attorney, If I were I would not share this with you.

However, I am an experienced researcher and I have studied the cases of many people before me who have died from the cure.

This is a new time. We don’t have fair, complete information. Prescriptions can cause massive complications.

Protect yourself. Stay healthy and stay informed!


Coronavirus Treatment Causes Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

Coronavirus Treatment Causes Tinnitus and Hearing Loss


This is a book that outlines the effect of antibiotics on your hearing health (DOWNLOAD).

“First do no harm,” is one of the major tenets of healthcare. While the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is still learning about COVID-19, current information suggests that older people and those with severe chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, are at a higher risk of developing more serious illnesses from COVID-19.

Through my travels, I have seen the masks and precautions, from Canada to New York, to Orlando, and San Juan. Everyone is scared. As I left for a 7-day cruise, the news in the hotel lobby read “21 on Cruise Ship tested positive for Coronavirus.” Everyone is being affected in some way.

Although “Brought to you by Big Pharma” should have accompanied this headline, it did not. This widespread scare will cause massive hearing damage from the numerous medications used to treat it. We won’t hear about it, but with a little research, you will discover a whole iceberg of information underneath.
All I really ask is, if you take treatment, know the risk.

So many days I wish I would not have taken the medications; only when I’m dead will the ringing stop.

Know the risk of what the cure (potential treatment) can do to you.

Coronavirus Treatment Causes Tinnitus and Hearing Loss – Is that what you really want?

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The One Hearing Protection: Guaranteed Tinnitus and Hearing Loss Prevention

Often, dentists receive physical consequences from their own practices. In addition to minor hand injuries and torn muscles from operating on teeth, dentists experience continuous exposure to unhealthily loud noises. The sources of the noise they experience originate from the tools they work with and the environment they work in on a daily basis. Tools like hand-pieces dentists use to generate a lot of noise. With continued exposure, dentists risk hearing loss. The number of dental professionals who have noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus grows every year.

Tinnitus In Dentists, a risk associated with loud noise exposure

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5 out of 10 retired dentists experience tinnitus. In the same study, the CDC discovered that only a third of the people suffering from tinnitus seek medical assistance, which can prove quite expensive. With this already expensive medication, only two out of five tinnitus patients successfully recover using this medication while the rest remain in an irreversible state.

Patients with tinnitus hear a constant ringing that is not experienced by others. Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus. Tinnitus prevention using our earplugs is much cheaper and much more successful.

How Tinnitus In Dentists develops

Several factors cause tinnitus in dentists. However, the major cause is prolonged exposure to the ear to sound that exceeds 85 dB. This exposure leads to inner ear hair cell damage. Exposing an ear to high-intensity sound causes the delicate inner ear hairs to move in the direction of the sound waves. This triggers the ear cells to produce an electrical signal through the auditory nerve to the brain. The signals sent to the brain translate the waves into sound. In cases where the inner hairs in the inner ear break or bend, the result is a random electrical signal sent to the brain that results in the vast array of sounds that individuals with tinnitus hear.

Tinnitus In Dentists symptoms

The main symptom of tinnitus is the hearing of imaginary sounds not actually present in the environment. Some of the phantom noises associated with tinnitus include the following:

    • A ringing sound, which may become louder or lighter with time.
    • A frequent buzzing sound
  • A roaring sound.
  • A hissing sound

These sounds may occur in one or both ears. In some cases, the noise may become so loud that it interferes with a person’s concentration. The sound may be irritating, hindering afflicted people from hearing actual sounds in their environment.

Causes of Tinnitus In Dentists

  • Exposure to loud noise

Noisy equipment such as dentists’ hand-pieces can cause tinnitus. Such equipment produces excess levels of noise to the ear. Continuous use of the same equipment by the same dentist without adequate hearing protection puts them in greater danger of developing tinnitus.

Other causes

  • Age-related causes

As a person ages, they become vulnerable to presbycusis. Such a condition occurs when a person nears the age of 60. The more a person exposes themselves to damaging sounds, the more that person experiences ear damage and a higher potential of developing tinnitus.

  • Earwax blockage

Earwax protects the ear canal by trapping dirt and other foreign substances, preventing them from entering the inner ear. Ear Wax also prevents bacterial development in the ear. However, when earwax over-accumulates in the ear canal, it may cause ear loss or irritation in the ear canal, which can cause tinnitus.

Tinnitus causes for dentists

Several scientists have hypothesized different possible causes of tinnitus. Some relate tinnitus to head injuries, acoustic neuroma, blood vessel disorders, and medications like antibiotics and aspirin. In all their arguments, scientists appreciate that the major legitimate cause of tinnitus in dentists is exposure to noise.

The nature of the working environments of dentists ensures that they cannot avoid exposure to noise without leaving their office. They continuously expose their ears to excessive noise from the equipment they use and in their normal exposure to sounds in their environment. The materials in their laboratories produce a high volume of noise. When exposed to this noise for long periods of time, tinnitus may be triggered, hindering dentists’ performance.

Complications that come with tinnitus

Tinnitus affects every person differently. According to research by the Department of Health and Human Services, a person suffering from tinnitus may experience the following complications:

a. Fatigue

People with tinnitus experience frequent fatigue and may feel unmotivated to complete even the slightest of household chores.

b. Stress can develop from the worry caused by tinnitus. Continued stress will develop into depression.

c. Sleeping problems

d. Difficulty concentrating

e. Irritability

f. Depression

General tinnitus preventive measures
  •  Long-term exposure to loud music through headphones can increase an individual’s chances of developing tinnitus. For music listeners, reducing music volume may help reduce the chances of tinnitus. However, this preventive measure fails to apply to dentists. They cannot turn down the volume of noise produced by their machines. But they can reduce exposure to noises outside their offices through strict dedication to protecting their hearing. This includes limiting their exposure to sounds that are within their control.
  • Tinnitus can be prevented by routinely taking care of cardiovascular health. Prevention of blood disorder-linked tinnitus achievable through a healthy diet and regular exercise.
  • Dental professionals who have hobbies that are loud, like motorcycle-riding, listening to loud music, or spending hours outdoors may find themselves at higher risk. Limiting exposure to sounds over 85 decibels while partaking in these hobbies will reduce the risk of dentists being dosed by dangerous decibels outside of the office.

Protecting yourself as a dental professional may seem like a lot of work. It is, however, protection can ensure that you continue working into your golden years. It is imperative that you develop an individualized hearing conservation solution that works for you, whether that includes wearing hearing protection in and outside the office, or if you prefer to wear hearing protection in the office and monitor exposure to sound during recreational activities.


There is a solution to this: The One dental earplug.

Tinnitus In Dentists

The One is a customized earplug designed specifically for dentists. These earplugs prevent exposure of the ear to excessive noise from both the machines and the natural environment of dentistry operations. The One functions with two filters. There is the primary filter on the outside and the secondary filter in the inside. The primary filter filters general noise from the environment and machines. The secondary filter filters the unwanted noise.


How the One works and is detailed explained.


Importance of Using The One Dental Earplug

The major difference between The One dental earplug and any other form of filtered or vented earplug is that our earplug allows for a specific limit of noise exposure. The two filters work simultaneously, thereby controlling the type of noise that ends up in the inner ear.

The secondary filter ensures only the natural voices access the inner ear. Additionally, it only allows up to 85 dB of sound. This implies that only the allowed noise pressure can penetrate the earplug. As for The One dental earplug, the allowed noise includes natural sounds such as of the patient and the surgery crew. This earplug pinches off sound pressure that can damage the sensitive inner ear sensory hairs.

Also, the dental earplug regulates the intensity of the noise that reaches the inner ear. This standardized feature does not discriminate between noise sources. Therefore, even if the noise comes from the natural source, the secondary filter will filter it out. For instance, the earplug cancels noise from the turbines of high pitched hand drills that would otherwise dose the dental professional with noise pressures exceeding 85 decibels. On the other hand, the earplug allows any other natural sound with pressure below 85 decibels into the eardrum. 

As a last reminder, both to dentists and all people, we leave you with this: tinnitus is permanent until death. Once you develop tinnitus, you cannot repair it. So act accordingly. And choose the best hearing protection.

Premium Earplugs for Dentists – NIHL and Tinnitus is a Dental Hazard

Premium Earplugs for Dentists

How important is your hearing to you?  Hearing protection for dentists, dental assistants as well as dental hygienists is very crucial. The most common hearing hazards are high-speed dental drills, ultrasonic cleaners, and high-speed turbine hand-pieces. Unfortunately, most dental professionals do not notice how noise-causing equipment is affecting them until it is too late. Fortunately, there are premium earplugs that offer excellent hearing protection for dentists.

In case dentists are not wearing hearing protection while working, they could cause themselves and those around them irreversible hearing damage. Unfortunately, this could lead to lifelong pain, discomfort, and the worst of all a shorter career. When considering the hearing protection, dentists have specific needs:

The greatest amount of noise blocking without overprotecting  

For dental professionals hearing protection that protects them from higher pitch frequencies such as the 2kHz to 6kHz frequencies are essential. Yet overcompensating for high pitch frequencies can lead to overprotection and can be dangerous for both the dentist and their patients.

Natural hearing:

The best dentist earplugs should enable the dentist to hear clearly and interact with their patients without feeling plugged up. The earplugs do not have to be removed when holding a conversation.

Indiscrete appearance:

It may seem unappealing wearing earplugs in an office set up. However, dentists’ earplugs feature a low-profile fit that will ensure you do not damage your hearing, and your clients do not feel alienated while you operate and interact with them.

These are the primary reasons why we created The One series for dental use.

This product was released by Big Ear, a company that deals with products proving custom hearing protection. It was aimed at preventing dentists from enduring low-level noise which affects hearing. They could, at the same time, hear patients and workmates during the entire day.

Over the past few years, the dental industry has seen an increase in dentists developing tinnitus and eventually hearing loss. This is due to the noisy equipment used in dental clinics, which could put them at risk. The earplug, therefore, allows dentists to get rid of noise while communicating very well.

The customized Premium Earplugs for Dentists is basically worn by dentists while working with patients. The dentist will hear the patient clearly as well as others in the room. You could probably ask yourself, is there any difference between the One Series and other professional earplugs? The reality is the One Series is lighter and does not hinder any communication with a patient or colleague.

Premium Earplugs for Dentists

Premium Earplugs for Dentists

The One Premium Series, With all the bells and whistles. Included are 4 sets of filters, one set of filter blocks, one tactical piece, and the filtered earplugs.

How does the earplug prevent hearing loss?

It basically works using two filters. Firstly, the primary filter reduces the sound from entering the device. On the other hand, the second filter allows natural sound to pass through the dental earplugs. Additionally, the second filter enables the wearer to hear natural sounds until the noise pressure of 85 dB is achieved. Surprisingly, once this figure is achieved, the pressure cannot pass through the earplug. As a result, the hearing protection for the dentist is achieved.

Dentists in the course of their work experience natural and unnatural noises which may eventually damage the hearing process. Therefore custom Premium Earplugs for Dentists help get rid of unwanted sounds. The One Series earplug has some unique features. It is comprised of four sets of filters as follows: one set of silicon full stop earplugs, one set of non-linear plugs, a tactical piece to be used for your office communication, a lanyard and premium case.

You may think of using other generic or even custom earplugs that are stated to be for dentists. Unfortunately, they give you an uncomfortable feeling when worn. Instead of hearing protection, they hinder the dentist from hearing the equipment. They can hardly hear other people in the office.


  • It fills the ear canal.
  • It is small and not bulky.
  • It is comfortable while wearing.
  • It is inexpensive.


  • It is not washable; dirty or waxy it has to be thrown away.
  • If not correctly inserted, the amount of attenuation is limited.
  • Not properly maintained, it can insert dirt into the ear and cause infection.

Bottom line

Our ears play a significant role in our lives. Therefore protecting the ears from the disturbing noises is very crucial. This will lead to an effective hearing, thereby preventing the chances of developing tinnitus. Unfortunately, most dental practitioners develop it over time while being unaware. The One Series earplug helps to protect the ear against damage, which could limit a dentist career.

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Fire Cracker Ear Plugs

Fire Cracker Ear Plugs – noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks.

Fireworks are an exciting visual expression of celebration. All over the world, fireworks are used to honor the events that matter most to nations, to communities, to individuals. It’s a treat to enjoy the show that a professional or backyard pyrotechnician has worked long and hard to entertain us with.

The stunning visual show, though, comes with the danger of the sound output from the chemical reactions in the fireworks. Just like we can’t have lightning without thunder, we can’t have the colors of the fireworks without the blast after the fuse is lit.

Fire Cracker Ear Plugs noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks.

When we think of the hazards or dangers of fireworks, the first group we think to protect is our pets. We know to make sure our companion animals are safely stowed at home on those special occasions when pyrotechnics are involved. We don’t immediately think to protect our hearing from the danger of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks displays.

What are the Dangers?

At 140-160 dBA (A-weighted decibels), fireworks register as the highest decibel rated activities on the scale provided on the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ (NIDCD) website.

The World Health Organization reports the sound output from fireworks at 150-175 dB. Regardless of which resource you access, it’s clear that the sound produced from fireworks exceeds the recommended noise exposure of 140 dB for adults and 120 dB for children; infants should not be exposed to fireworks at all.

Exposure to fireworks without taking proper precautions can result in tinnitus; temporary or permanent hearing loss; and, rarely, in eardrum perforation. Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks are preventable.

Wearing Fire Cracker Ear Plugs AND Protect Your Hearing?

The first line of defense is to see the show at a safe distance from where the fireworks are being set off. From 500 feet, you can see the show and not worry about the impact on your hearing from exposure to the sound pressure from the small explosions of each firework being lit.

If you’re after a better vantage point, earplugs and noise-reducing headphones are great options for reducing the effects of the intense blasts on your hearing. If you don’t have your own custom earplugs or you only need a pair for one fireworks show, foam or wax earplugs will still provide good protection. Using headphones is a better alternative to earplugs for children because earplugs may be too big to fit their smaller ear canals. Of course, if you have an infant, the best option is to sacrifice that prime seat until they’re a little older.

If you’re a backyard pyrotechnician putting on a display for family and friends, quieter fireworks are available. Fireworks providers can educate you on which fireworks are amazing to watch without the hazard of a loud bang with each detonation. This doesn’t mean that the quieter fireworks are completely silent: the crackles and whistles of these fireworks may not create the boom that we automatically imagine and remember, but they still create a sound that we need to protect our hearing from.

Getting The right Fire Cracker Hearing Protection

Regardless of which fireworks you choose to dazzle your audience with, as the person closest to the action, you should definitely set the example for your audience and protect your hearing using earplugs or noise-reducing headphones.

Fireworks are the exclamation point at the end of a long and exciting day of celebration. You’ve protected yourself with sunscreen throughout the day against burning, worn a lifejacket on the boat in case you fall in and forget how to swim, kept your baseball cap or straw hat on to protect against sunstroke.

As the sun goes down and the show’s about to start, it’s time to put in your Fire Cracker Ear Plugs or pop on your headphones to prevent noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks.


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Fire Cracker Ear Plugs noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks.


Warm summer day. Open road. You’re on your motorcycle, and there’s nothing between you and that sense of freedom. You’re a responsible rider, so you’re decked out from head to toe in protective gear: boots, leathers, gloves, glasses, helmet. But you’re missing that one important piece of protection that’s often overlooked: earplugs, the gear that’s needed to prevent tinnitus in motorcycle riders.

prevent tinnitus in motorcycle riders

The Importance of Wearing Hearing Protection when Motorcycle Riding

A growing body of evidence suggests that many riders are missing out on a critical piece of protective gear. An increasing number of studies show that hearing protection is an essential component of responsible motorcycle operation. Long-term exposure to loud noise from the wind and/or the motorcycle engine is known to damage hearing and create tinnitus in motorcycle riders.

The constant noise proves especially harmful, given the expected exposure to it during a motorcycle ride.  A long ride can last hours, and the hearing loss experienced by any rider is greatly amplified depending on exposure time.

There are a number of sources of loud noise on any motorcycle ride. For this reason, researchers and enthusiasts are discussing the benefits and adopting the habit, of wearing earplugs while riding a motorcycle. The realization is that an individual’s long-term health is more important than personal comfort.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus affects up to 20% of people and is a sign of an underlying condition related to hearing loss. Tinnitus induces the perception of noise or ringing in the ears and is one symptom that results from noise-induced hearing loss. When our ears are subjected to loud noises over long periods of time, the delicate hairs inside the ear are damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

Causes of Tinnitus in Motorcycle Riders

The first thought that comes to mind when considering what causes tinnitus in motorcycle riders is the sound from the motorcycle’s engine itself. Motorcycle engines can easily produce 100 decibels when accelerating.  Add in free-flowing exhaust components, and custom intakes and that decibel number will still grow.  Some competition dirt bike engines are capable of producing 140 decibels – nearly enough sound pressure to cause nausea with prolonged exposure.

Another source of sound that causes tinnitus in motorcycle riders is the wind rushing past your ears. Wind noise is more dangerous to hearing that the damaging effects of the sound of the motorcycle’s engine. Wind noise can top 90 to 100 decibels and a cruise down the freeway at 80 miles per hour. It can generate as much as 118 decibels of noise in a rider’s ears.

prevent tinnitus in motorcycle riders

This is the equivalent of operating the following. A chainsaw, leaf blower or snowmobile, and OSHA recommend limiting personal exposure. The recommended noise at that level to under 10 minutes per day.

How to prevent tinnitus in motorcycle riders

Let’s be real: you’re not going to limit yourself to a cruise that lasts only 10 minutes per day. That’s not a cruise. How much will your helmet help? You don’t climb on without it so how much help does it give? The best motorcycle helmet only reduces the decibel level by 4 decibels. Noise from turbulent air entering the helmet at the chin and neck grows quickly when trapped. Despite the obvious necessity for a helmet, when it comes to hearing protection, most helmets on the market are, to some extent, hazardous to your hearing and don’t do much to prevent tinnitus in motorcycle riders.

The main defense from noise, most notably from engines and wind, to protect against tinnitus in motorcycle riders is to use some type of hearing protection while riding.  You want your ride on that beautiful summer day to last much longer than 10 minutes.

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Musicians Hearing Loss

Musicians Hearing Loss is at an all-time high. As I travel the country and interview incoming freshman in the marching bands were seeing that more than 50% already have Tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss.

Stevie Vai, Eric Clapton, Brian Johnson, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey,  Neil Young, Phil Collins, Will i. Am, Grimes, Chris Martin, George Martin, Danny Elfman, Huey Lewis, And Ozzy Osbourne.

Musicians Hearing Loss

And Other than selling millions of albums, performing in the largest venues on planet earth and influencing the minds of millions of men and women today there is one sinister affliction that all of these giants of music. They all share, Hearing loss, Tinnitus or acute hearing degradation due in part to their exposure to extreme decibel levels while performing recording and participating in high decibel level events for the better part of their entire lives.

We are now starting to pay attention to this chronic problem that has been rampant in the music industry for the better part of 2oo years. Composers such as Ignaz Holzbauer, Bedrich Smetana, William Boyce and the well-known case of Ludwig van Beethoven. These most recent incidents are not isolated, and hearing degradation has occurred for generations, why is this?  Is it a case of our society not caring about those who engage in artistic endeavors and that is why Musicians Hearing Loss is so ramped.

Musicians Hearing Loss

4 questions to ponder:

  1. Is it an education issue?
  2. Is it a complete disregard for one’s health?
  3. Is it ignorance?
  4. Is it a combination of all of the above and more?


From our experience at Big Ear after 15 years of attending events that range from motorcycle trade shows to NAM (North American Music Association) and undress of other shows we have the physical evidence to show that Musicians Hearing Loss is affecting all areas of life attributed to a wide range of human faults.

Citing many articles on earring loss is something that hundreds of other sites of which I will share what I have researched in order to provide adequate information on this topic is something that I want to do, however I want people to read this and gain a human understanding of why people are causing themselves damage and give answers to the question of why we do this to ourselves.

To start with the least scientific reason, I will begin by analyzing the core folly of what we see at most motorcycle events; ego the big hairy monster that causes humans to err in the wildest of ways. The same ego that leads men and women to do dangerous and sometimes disastrous actions is at fault when it comes to their failure to protect their hearing. “Earplugs are for pussies.” Some think, “I want to be able to hear my pipes.” Is another public offhand comment thrown our way? “What, I can’t hear you right now, my hearing is to far gone.” The fact that we hear these at most motorcycle events we attend is astounding and disturbing at the same time.

However, Musicians Hearing Loss in the world of music, we find that there is a separate culprit which is a legitimized claim by extremely high-level musicians the occlusion or the altering of pitch that causes musicians to misjudge or misinterpret their tempo, cues or place in the music which can lead to them to losing their position and career. In the tradition of samurais, this would lead to harakiri we now have unemployed artists.

However this does not explain the disconnect and the reason why these issues are not solved, they seem to be brushed under the rug and designated as artists issues and in the long run, it is creating a whole host of health issues that will continue for their entire life. We must do something today to educate.

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