Bright Otoghile, Omoregie Joseph Idugboe, Ebidisemene Linda Totyen, Confidence Chioma Otoghile
Background: Tinnitus is a phantom auditory Perception. It is a symptom and not a disease. It can affect males and females, young and elderly people. It occurs among people in different occupations and could be very distressing. A study of the pattern of tinnitus among people exposed to noise at work is therefore worthwhile. Objectives: This study aimed to describe the pattern of tinnitus seen among saw mill workers. Methods: A prospective study involving saw mill workers in Ile-Ife. A total of 420 saw mill workers who gave consent and met the inclusion criteria were selected for the study. Biodata and history of tinnitus were obtained. Tinnitus Handicap Inventory was subsequently administered. Data was presented in descriptive format. Results: Forty one (9.8%) sawmill workers had tinnitus out of the 420 sawmill workers recruited for the study. Three (7.3%) of them were females and 38(92.7%) were males. Four (9.8%) of them had tinnitus on the right, 5 (12.2%) of them had it left sided and 32 (78.0%) had it bilateral. Conclusion: Sawmill workers are predisposed to having tinnitus as they are exposed to significant occupational noise.The pattern of tinnitus is bilateral, having physical, emotional and catastrophic components.