Tinnitus is indeed an occupational disease
If pop concerts are regarded as one of the main causes of tinnitus, it is not surprising that musicians form a profession that is frequently plagued by tinnitus, among them many celebrities from home and abroad. From the past and the present.
It appears that hearing damage in construction is a common problem from the figures of the Netherlands Center for Occupational Diseases (NCVB). The Working Conditions Act states that every employee who is exposed to more than 85 dB(A) on a daily basis or a peak sound pressure higher than 140 Pa must be given the opportunity by the employer to undergo periodic audiometric examination.
of een piekgeluidsdruk hoger dan 140 Pa door
de werkgever in de gelegenheid moet worden
gesteld om periodiek een audiometrisch onderzoek te ondergaan.
But not only pop and rock musicians, tinnitus can also be the cause of work nuisance and even disability for classical musicians. In general, short exposure to loud volumes can cause just as much damage as prolonged moderate exposure to sound. The latter is very often the case with orchestra musicians.
Metalworking people can be exposed to noise. The use of metalworking machines, lathes, milling machines, etc. and use of welding machines, welding aggregates, machines and motors, results in more hearing complaints by metalworkers. This often involves exposure above 80dB, a harmful noise level. Peak exposures well above 100 dB occur when, for example, steel is struck with a hammer.
Yes, tinnitus is classified as an occupational disease
Since the publication of the report prepared by Coronel Institute for Work and Health (Amsterdam AMC), tinnitus has indeed been widely accepted as an occupational disease. A (company) doctor must therefore report this. The tinnitus must have a frequency greater than 3000 Hz (high-pitched hiss or beep) to be explained by exposure to excessive noise. You can find more information about Tinnitus as an occupational disease on this website of the Netherlands Center for Occupational Diseases of the Amsterdam UMC.