Noise induced hearing loss is one of the most common causes of hearing loss that we see in our practice, and it can be prevented with good sound protection. Many times it is obvious to us that a sound is too loud if we are having pain, ringing in our ears, or difficulty hearing. However, many times I see patients who slowly over years of repetitive loud noise exposure develop hearing loss and tinnitus. Common sources of noise exposure include firearms, sirens, law mowers, power tools, and our personal devices for listening to music. Noise induced hearing loss can be prevented when we understand just how damaging loud noises can be for our hearing and our health.
Can Noise Induced Hearing Loss Be Prevented?
Noise Induced Hearing Loss is the only type of hearing loss that is completely preventable. If you understand the hazards of noise and how to practice good hearing health, you can protect your hearing for life. Here’s how:
- Know which noises can cause damage (those at or above 85 decibels).
- Wear earplugs or other protective devices when involved in a loud activity (activity-specific earplugs and earmuffs are available at hardware and sporting goods stores).
- If you can’t reduce the noise or protect yourself from it, move away from it.
- Be alert to hazardous noises in the environment.
- Protect the ears of children who are too young to protect their own.
- Make family, friends, and colleagues aware of the hazards of noise.
- Have your hearing tested if you think you might have hearing loss.
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