On an average day, we experience many different noises at varying volume levels. Most of these noises, like household appliances and the television are safe. Sometimes we can experience loud noises that damage the sensitive structures in our inner ears. When this happens, it’s known as noise-induced hearing loss. Everyone, no matter what their age, is susceptible to this type of hearing loss.
Causes of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
There are two main routes in which a person can experience noise-induced hearing loss. These include a one-time exposure of an intense noise or continuous exposure to loud noises. Those who work in industries where exposure to noises above 85 decibels are usual are more at risk for developing this type of hearing loss. Some common examples include woodworking and lawn care. Also, those who have hobbies that involve high volume noises, like target shooting or snowmobiling, are at risk for this condition.
Signs and Symptoms of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
The symptoms that you experience are going to depend on if it was a one-time exposure or repeated exposure. A one-time exposure will cause immediate damage to the ear and reduce your ability to hear. In some cases, this may also cause tinnitus, known as ringing in the ears.
With continuous exposure to loud noises, you’ll notice your hearing fades over time. You may notice that you have to turn the volume up on the television more often. It is also possible that the voices of people around you may start to sound distorted or muffled. It’s also harder to identify noise-induced hearing loss due to continuous exposure than hearing loss from a one-time event.
How to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Noise-induced hearing loss is the only hearing loss type that is completely preventable. By practicing good hearing health, you can protect your ears from this type of hearing loss. Wearing ear protection when you’re going to be around loud noises is a must. If possible, try to distance yourself from the noise source as distance will allow sounds to dissipate.
Treating hearing loss as soon as possible with hearing aids or other treatment methods is a must. The longer you go without getting help with your hearing, the more at risk you are for mental health conditions. While it may seem scary at first, our hearing care professionals are here to assist you.
Call Our Hearing Care Professionals Today
If you may be suffering from noise-induced hearing loss, it’s time to call us. Let our hearing care professionals work with you to determine your level of hearing loss. We can assist you in finding hearing aids that can enhance your hearing and your life.