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Prof. Dr. Claus F. Claussen, Neurootological Research Institute of the Research Society for Smell, Taste, Hearing and Equilibrium Disorders at Bad Kissingen (4-G-F). Bad Kissingen, Germany.
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Otoneuroophthalmological Neurophysiology,
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Otoneuroophthalmological Neurophysiology,
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Differentiation of neurootological tinnitus rehab-patients with respect to their professional background

Abstract

Introduction:
In the cooperation between the “LVA-Klinik Am Kurpark”, Bad Kissingen,( rehab-clinic of the pension fund of Baden-Württemberg, Germany), we are keeping files about 749 cases, who underwent a rehab therapy for tinnitus since 1995 in cooperation with the Neurootological Research Institute of the 4-G-F. The bio-datas of this group are listed in table 1:

Table 1.a:

Parameter N %
Male 581 77,47
Female 168 22,40

Table 1.b:

Parameter Mean Standard Deviation
Age in years 50,70 8,61
Weight in kg 80, 57 13,49
Height in cm 171,33 8,97
Body mass index 27,5 3,8
Systolic blood-pressure 136,38 20,41
Diastolic blood-pressure 82,76 11,68

With respect to their professional life we have evaluated 740 patients, related to the German expressions for their occupations. According to the German registration system these 740 patients are working in 184 differently labeled professions. Per profession we found 4,02 people with a standard deviation of 8,37. Out of these 184 professions we have selected 20 with more than 10 professionals within each labelling group. These are 10,87 % of all the professionals labels named. However, these 20 professions comprise 429, i.e. 57,97 % of all the professionals.
In a second step we have tried to translate and to adjust the German professions into an English system. As there are intercultural differences between the german and the anglo-american classification system of the crafts the complete adaptation of nomenclature is difficult. When entering the anglo-american listing of different crafts we find a reduction from 184 to 151 professions with typical labels in the English language. Per group we see an occurrence rate of 4,87 +/- 9,55 professionals. When again selecting only the groups with 10 or more professionals per labelled occupational group, we only find 19 groups, comprising 459 professionals. As within the English labelled group we only had 736 professionals being labelled with respect to one group of profession. Now the 459 professionals amount to 62,36 % of all the professionals labelled.

The occurrence rates within these 19 most frequent by named groups are listed below in table 2.

Table 2:

Professions N %
Worker 84 11,41
Driver 38 5,16
Metalworker 37 5,03
Fitter 35 4,76
Cleaner 30 4,08
Warehouse worker 28 3,80
Pensioner 23 3,13
Electrician 20 2,72
Mechanic 20 2,72
Housewife 18 2,45
Lathe worker 18 2,45
Joiner 16 2,17
Assembly worker 15 2,04
Caretaker 15 2,04
Tool maker 15 2,04
Bus driver 13 1,77
Heating Engineer 12 1,63
Garage Mechanics 11 1,49
Needleman/-woman 11 1,49

The separation of the different professions is a basic work for the following studies on various diseases, especially qualities of tinnitus and neurootometric tests within the different professions. For this purpose we later have laid together several professions, like for instance joiners and carpenters to the profession of wood workers.
In other evaluaties we also try to investigate the influence of some occupational risks upon the facillitation of tinnitus amongst the workers.

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