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Int Tinnitus J. 2012;17(2):169-72. doi: 10.5935/0946-5448.20120030.

Subjective tinnitus and its association with use of ear phones among students of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The ear can be damaged by excessive noise levels. Noise can arise from variety of occupational/recreational sources causing tinnitus, hearing loss and hyperacusis. The use of different types of ear phones for entertainment has become very common/fashionable among our youths.

OBJECTIVES:

This research aims to determine the prevalence of use of ear phones for entertainment and the prevalence of subjective tinnitus in students in an urban university setting; and the relationship between the two.

METHODS:

This is a descriptive, cross sectional study of students of the college of medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria from January to April 2012. A total of 388 willing participants (203 males, 185 females) were recruited by stratified random sampling from the 14 student hostel blocks. A self administered questionnaire was used. Data collected was analyzed using SPSS version 17.0.1.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

The prevalence of earphone use among the students and subjective tinnitus was 95.6% and 20.6% respectively. More than 90% of the ear phone users had duration of ear phone use of duration of 3 to 6 years.

PMID:
24333890
DOI:
10.5935/0946-5448.20120030
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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