Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
At Audiology Clinic, we frequently encounter patients who are suffering from hearing loss after exposure to loud noises. Whether on the job or during free time, we forget that we can be proactive in protecting ourselves from hearing loss.
Noise levels of around 85 decibels – which you can encounter on a street with heavy traffic – can cause irreparable damage to the ear’s hair-like cells. These little hair-like organelles are called stereocilia, and respond to vibrations from sound; the sterocilia movement is translated into nerve signals that are carried down the auditory nerve and into the brain.
Like music? You might want to turn down the volume
Loud music is the most common cause of hearing loss which can quite literally be deafening, with levels reaching 110 to 120 decibels. Other higher range sounds include:
- Heavy machinery
- Power tools
- Sporting events
- Live music concerts/events
Explosions are not just loud; they also have a pressure wave that can cause further damage to the ear.
Fortunately, you can avoid permanent hearing damage by turning down the volume or by wearing protective headphones or ear plugs. Let Dr. Amit Gosalia and the team at Audiology Clinic help you protect your hearing by fitting you with custom earmolds. Make an appointment now.