Seven out of 10 female preschool teachers suffer from hearing problems, finds a study that linked the profession with a higher risk than others’ exposed to noise.
It is because the preschool teachers are regularly exposed to voices and screams that often convey important information and is difficult to avoid, unlike in an industrial environment, as they have to listen to the children.
The findings suggested that hearing loss and tinnitus — a sensation of hearing sounds in ears — were the second most common symptoms affecting preschool teachers.
Among the group of 4,718 women who participated in the study, while 71 percent experienced sound-induced auditory fatigue making them unable to listen to the radio, 46 per cent had trouble understanding speech.
Similarly, 39 per cent said that they experienced discomfort or physical pain in their ears from everyday sounds that are not necessarily loud at all, at least once a week.