A survey shows that dental hygienist have a much higher prevalence of hearing problems than others
An American survey among experienced dental hygienists who had been practicing for a minimum of 20 years explored the relationship between hearing difficulties and occupational noise exposure from ultrasonic scalers.
The researchers found that long-term noise exposure to dental equipment, such as ultrasonic scalers, may contribute to hearing difficulties among dental hygienists.
Much higher prevalence of hearing problems
The prevalence of hearing difficulty among dental hygienists with an average age of 56 years was 40%. This is considerably higher and younger than the reported US-national average.