If you think that it is just a myth that loud noises can cause hearing loss, unfortunately you would be wrong. Loud noises over time can cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and so can a very loud noise that happens in an instant. It is important to protect your hearing at all times (on the job or during leisure activities) because noise induced hearing loss is permanent.
Sources of Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Noise induced hearing loss can be caused by a variety of different sources. It is important to understand that sounds don’t have to hurt your ears to cause hearing loss, it can happen over time or can also be caused by something as quick as a gunshot. According to Wikipedia, 15% of young people are exposed sufficient leisure noises that can cause noise induced hearing loss. Examples include:
- Sporting events
- Daily activities
- Personal listening devices, especially with headphones or earbuds
Most cases of noise induced hearing loss are caused through occupational exposures:
- Construction sites
- Machine shops
- Jobs with loud machinery
- Military service
How to Prevent Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Once you lose your hearing, it’s gone forever, so prevention is so important when it comes to noise induced hearing loss. This can happen in an instant, like with a loud gun or an air horn or it might be something that happens over a period of time listening to loud noises on the job or at concerts or using headphones, etc. Here are some ways to prevent NIHL:
- Lower the volume of listening devices and phones.
- Limit exposure to loud noises.
- Support government regulations that limit exposure to occupational noises that are dangerously loud.
- Wear protective earplugs or headphones designed to be noise cancelling.
Consult with the Professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors about How to Prevent and Treat Noise Induced Hearing Loss
When you have any questions about hearing loss and what can cause it, don’t hesitate to turn to the hearing professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations if you think you might have any type of hearing loss. We have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your hearing and listening needs.