Combating Hearing Loss – The Preventive Measures

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Published: 03rd April 2015
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“One person's data is another person's noise.” - K.C. Cole.Noise has come to become a great nuisance of our modern times.If appropriate measures are avoided, then loss of hearing is imminent in an individual.

Statistics suggest that in between ages 20 and 69, about 26 million Americans suffer from some type of hearing deficiency. This is a direct result of exposure to constant loud noise,which unfortunately has increased drastically within our urban environment. Many factors such as traffic, chaotic subways, games and many others contribute to this growing concern. In addition, the trend of listening, especially to loud music through earphones has become a major reason for increase in hearing loss all over the globe. However, this does not end here. Stress, hypertension, cardiovascular disease is indirectly associated and a result of loud noises.

How much is Safe?

We live in pitiful conditions today. As the noise levelkeeps rising by the day, we tend to grow accustomed to it. This makes it complicated to differentiate between thenormal and abnormal.Exposure to loud noise, which is 85dB, and above andrepeatedly over longer periods causes hearing loss. Studies prove that constant exposure to a minute of 110dB and above increases the risk of permanent loss. Apparently, anything below 75dBis consideredas safe. Yet it is wise to avoid long exposures to high decibels since each time you hear, it tends to sound low than the previous time. This gradually affects to your capacity of listening, resulting in hearing loss.

Few Facts and Figures

Here are certain facts that you would do well to note, which in turn will help you keep your ability of hearing safe. A normal conversation closes to 60dB. On a typical day, a city traffic reaches 85dB, a stadium noise soars to 120dB, symphony orchestra or rock concerts peaks to 110dB, a snowmobile creates about 100dB, a movie scores between 85 to 100db. These facts clearly reflect the amount of pressure our ears undergo each day and sometimes more and at a long stretch through few days.

Measure to Safeguard your Hearing Ability

• To begin, make sure to keep a regular check over the exposure time over 85dB. It is advisable that you take a 15-minute break in intervals. Research shows that exposure to 85dB for a period of 8 hours is safe. However, when 100dB is in question, only 15 minutes will do.
• If you see a frequent need to raise your voice in order to be heard, then consider it that you are in a hazardous sound environment.This is noticeable while using power tools, driving at high speeds and attending concerts.
• When exposed to loud environments, it is recommendedyou use hearing protection as a precautionary means to avoid adverse effects. Products like foam, earmuffs, silicone earplugs, and custom earplugs are effective and safe to use, especially while listening to music. These help reduce sound frequencies to an equal setting, making your music experience enjoyable.
• Keep a good distance from amplifies and from any on stage monitors. See to it that you never position yourself directly in front of speakers while listening to music.
• Prevention has and always will be the best means to avoid distressing scenarios. It would do well if you occasionally visit an ENT. Verify your hearing through a test with help of a licensed audiologist if you suspect any loss in hearing. There are 3 types of test, which are carried out; pure tone threshold test, otoacoustic emissions test, speech audiometry and hearing in noise test. These are to assess your ability to hear.

Follow the above preventive measures to safeguard your hearing ability today and in the years to come. This way you will keep yourself at bay form heart diseases that is indirectly a result to exposure to loud noise.

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