Hearing Loss Prevention
Excessive persistent loud noise exposure (ex: power tools; loud music concerts) or sudden blasts (ex: explosions, shotguns) can cause permanent and irreversible damage to the hearing system called sensorineural hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is the second most common form of sensorineural hearing loss, after age-related hearing loss. The onset of this hearing loss may be sudden or gradually worsen over many years. Hearing loss caused by exposure to recreational and occupational noise can be prevented with the use of hearing protection devices, reducing the volume at the source and limiting prolonged exposure to loud noises.
Sound loudness is measured in decibels. Eight hours of hearing noise at 85 decibels could hurt your hearing. At higher sound levels, you could lose hearing in even less time.
Signs that your environment may be too loud:
• You have difficulty hearing someone who is within three feet of you
• You have pain in your ears, ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) , and/or difficulty understanding speech after being in a loud setting