Too Much Noise Can Make You Deaf
Too much noise can make you
If you think this is a joke, ask the
estimated 10 million Americans who had had this kind of hearing
The kind of deafness problem they have is what is known as
noise induced haring loss. This occurs when too much noise
hurts the hair cells in the inner ear and it can result in
permanent damage. If this should happen, you will have to use
haring aids since there is no way to correct the problem.
You will know when you begin to have this hearing problem
when you have a hard time hearing what someone is saying. You
will probably have to move closer to that person and even tell
them to repeat what they just said.
Two factors that cause deafness problems are time and the
intensity. Time is the duration at which you were exposed to it
while intensity is measured in decibels.
Almost everyone works a 9 to 5 job or something similar to
that which is equivalent to 8 hours. If you happen to work in
an environment with noise levels of up to 85 decibels or even
more, you could lose your hearing and it is only a matter of
You don’t become deaf only from working in a loud
environment. Studies have shown that this can also happen if
you are exposed to firearms, loud explosions, certain hardware
equipment, going regularly to a rock concert, using an MP3
player, watching television or listening to the radio, riding a
motorcycle or snowmobile, farm machinery and selected
What is so astonishing about this deafness problem is that
you don’t feel any pain. It is only when you go somewhere that
there is not that much noise that you will notice a “ringing”
in your ears and might have a hard time hearing people. This
does go away after a few hours or several days but if this
happens regularly, this will become permanent.
Some of the early signs of noise induced hearing loss aside
from having something repeated to you include the need to turn
the volume higher and not being able to hear high pitched
sounds. If you think you have this problem, it is best to have
your ears checked by a trained professional.
Can this deafness problem be prevented? The answer is yes
and this is done by using the proper safety equipment. Examples
of these include canal caps, earplugs and earmuffs. You can buy
this in the drugstore or from the hardware store.
You should make sure to keep this clean and in good
condition at all times. If it is not as effective as it was
before, be sure to replace it.
Now that you know that there is such a thing called noise
induced hearing loss, you should take the necessary precautions
so you don’t lose your hearing. If you don’t need to buy ear
protection, don’t stay too long in places that have loud
As an added precaution, have yourself checked annually by a
certified audiologist especially if your job is a high risk for
hearing loss. These jobs include construction, farming,
firefighting, law enforcement and music. Your employer should
provide free hearing protection but if they don’t, you should
get what is needed to avoid becoming deaf.