I have just been diagnosed with Tinnitus and noise induced hearing loss. I am quite shocked because I did not think I was ever exposed to loud noise. I have had the Tinnitus for about three months but testing today has revealed that I also have hearing loss ; it is the type that is only caused by exposure to loud noise.
The loudest thing I am exposed to is my violin practise. Surely a violin is not loud enough to cause this ? The hearing loss is equal in both ears so I do not think that this can be violin related.
The ear specialist tried to lay the blame on the vacuum cleaners I use at work (hotel) but they are no louder than a domestic vacuum cleaner and I only use them for about one hour per night. The day workers use them for about six hours per shift with no known hearing loss.
I am compltely at a loss to explain this. Does anybody have any suggestions ?
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