Hearing Problems Common Among Preschool Teachers, Survey Says

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You may be surprised to discover that seven out of ten preschool teachers suffer from sound-induced auditory fatigue, according to the Sweden-based University of Gothenburg. One out of two preschool teachers have difficulty understanding speech, and four out of ten become hypersensitive to sound.

These shocking statistics are considerably higher among women. Out of all the preschool teachers surveyed (4,718 women), around 71% of them experienced sound-induced auditory fatigue. This issue makes them unable to listen to the radio, for example, after a day at work.

Almost half of those studied, 46%, had trouble with understanding speech, while 39% said that at least once a week they experienced physical pain or discomfort in their ears caused by everyday sounds that weren’t necessarily loud at all.

Preschool teachers are exposed to noises which include screams that often convey vital information, communication-intensive noise that is difficult to screen out, as well as safety and warning alerts and announcements. It can also be difficult to protect their ears, especially when they need to be listening at all times to perform their job efficiently.

Tinnitus and hearing loss are the second most common symptoms that affect preschool teachers. The solutions to this problem are complex and reducing the number of children in a group may not necessarily be a permanent solution. One way to help would be spending ample amount of time outdoors and in environments where sound can spread out more than reverberate in a small area.

Are you concerned about hearing loss from a noisy work environment? We are here to help with a team of hearing healthcare professionals that can help provide you with the best guidance and advice towards safeguarding your hearing when working, or in any environment. Visit our website today to schedule a free hearing screening. Remember to stay aware of your surroundings and protect your hearing from noisy environments.