Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) impacts many people around the world, yet it isn’t discussed that often. Statistics show that roughly 1 in 4 people are impacted by NIHL. There are several important things to know about NIHL and how to prevent it.
What is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
NIHL occurs when a person’s hearing is damaged temporarily or permanently by a sound that is too loud for the eardrum. In extreme events, an eardrum can be ruptured due to very loud noises, which can be quite painful. Other times, hearing loss can take place over the duration of many years and no pain will be felt during the process. It can impact one or both ears. Therefore, it is important to take proper hearing care no matter what you are doing.
Who is Affected by NIHL?
People are susceptible to NIHL at any age. Many people are affected in the workplace. Studies have found that being in an environment where constant sounds are about 85 decibels, leads to permanent hearing damage. In a short term setting, eardrums can withstand sounds of roughly 120 decibels before damage occurs. Whether you are in the workplace or are listening to loud music in the car, it is important to know the level of sound that you are exposing your ears to.
How You Can Prevent NIHL
The best way to prevent NIHL is to remove yourself or take preventative measures from an environment in which you are exposed to noise levels that exceed 120 decibels short term, or 85 decibels long term. You can wear earmuffs or earplugs that are designed to prevent the damaging sounds from entering your ears. Another great way to prevent NIHL is to test that sounds that you are exposed to each day. Whether you are young or old you can be impacted by NIHL so be sure to be aware of your surroundings and wear ear protection at all times you are exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound.
Noise-induced hearing loss impacts many different types of people, in nearly all settings. The best way to prevent NIHL is by taking proper hearing care or using hearing protection. Always be aware of your surroundings and avoid settings where your ears are exposed to long durations of high decibels of sound. If you’d like to learn more about NIHL and ways you can prevent it, call (888) 958-8432.