“Baby Driver” highlights the problems of tinnitus

Photo credit: leadfoot licensed under CC BY 2.0

Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

I am not a moviegoer although my wife would say I am a movie critic, but I can’t comment on the new movie “Baby Driver” because I haven’t seen it. What I can say, based on movie reviews and this online article, is that the lead character has tinnitus from head trauma in a motor vehicle crash, and he plays music constantly to mask it.

Although there are many causes of tinnitus, the most common cause is noise, with a strong correlation between noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. Most people with tinnitus have at least some hearing loss, and half of people with hearing loss have tinnitus.

So, movie conventions aside, what’s the best way to avoid developing tinnitus? It’s simple–avoid loud noise and wear hearing protection if you can’t.

Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He serves on the board of the American Tinnitus Association, is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’s Health Advisory Council, and is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America.


Comments (2)

  1. Jan Mayes

    Thanks for sharing. I just wanted to add that masking for tinnitus failed in the 1990s. Masking used a specific sound therapy loudness that didn’t work. The current term is sound therapy (various sound types; wearable, portable, ambient) which can be self-help or from a company offering sound therapy consumer products or services. Sound therapy helps hyper ears (tinnitus/hyperacusis hearing system hyperactivity).

    1. GMB (Post author)

      Thank you for commenting.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *