Harmful noise can damage sensitive parts of your inner ear. These sensitive sensory cells convert sound into electric signals that are then sent to the brain. When your hair cells are damaged, noise-induced hearing loss occur. Unfortunately, once hair cells are damaged they cannot heal or regrow.
Noise-induced hearing loss can occur from either one-time exposure to an extremely loud “impulse” sound like that of an explosion. However continuous exposure to loud sounds on a repetitive, long-term basis, like in a workshop, can also cause noise-induced hearing loss. Work environments are a common source of noise-induced hearing loss, however hobbies and other activities can also be to blame for hearing loss.
Decibels of Damage
Decibels are the units of sound used to indicate how loud something is. The hum of a refrigerator is about 45 dB, a normal conversation is 60 dB, and heavy traffic can reach 85 dB. Any sound over 85dB can cause hearing damage. The louder the sound, the less exposure is necessary for hearing loss to occur.
Work Environment Damage
Common working environments that have the potential for causing hearing loss include jobs expose you to:
- Loud machinery
- Power tools
- Exposure to loud music
- Loud vehicles
Hobbies That Cause Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can also be caused by hobbies that expose you to loud noises, like:
- Target practice and hunting·
- Snowmobile riding
- Playing in a band
- Attending rock concerts
Preventing Hearing Loss
Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable. In the workplace, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the level of noise permissible for workers over an 8-hour day. Using protective hearing plugs in an excellent way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. If your profession or hobbies have the potential to expose you to noises loud enough to cause hearing damage, you can benefit from using ear plugs to protect your hearing.
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