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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 201-203

Occupational noise-induced hearing loss in a video editor: A case report

1 Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Open University Malaysia, Malaysia
2 Department of Medicine, Manipal University College, Malaysia

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Dr. Balachandar S Sayapathi
Open University Malaysia, 9 1/2 Mile, Princess Garden Commercial Centre, Jalan Kuching - Serian, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak
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DOI: 10.4103/ijoem.ijoem_314_21

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The diagnosis of occupational noise-induced hearing loss is rarely made in a video editor, although there is a high prevalence of hearing loss. A 37-year-old woman experienced gradual hearing loss associated with tinnitus for the past 3 years. Audiometry showed mild-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss in the right ear and mild-to-moderate sensorineural hearing loss in the left ear. There is a dip at 2 kHz, which is more pronounced in the right ear with recovery at 8 kHz. The portable listening devices risk causing hearing loss from high-output noise damaging the cochlear structures. The amplitudes on otoacoustic emission levels are decreased by using these devices, especially among long-time users. Incessant tinnitus may cause adverse effects on the quality of life. Sound therapy devices such as digital signal processing devices through hearing aids may assist this group of patients by distracting their attention from tinnitus.


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