Facts You Should Know About Your Hearing...

Your ears can be damaged by loud sounds! This is a fact - an important fact!
Even if you are young, your hearing can be harmed by excessively loud sounds or by continued exposure to relatively loud sounds.

Relatively few people are aware of the relationship between exposure to loud sounds and the actual risk for hearing loss. The National Institutes of Deafness and Other Communications Disorders reports that prolonged exposure to noise at or above 85 decibels for eight hours, repeated daily over a period of time, can cause gradual hearing loss. At 100 decibels, no more than 15 minutes of exposure is recommended in a 24-hour day. And, at 110 decibels, regular exposure of more than a minute can produce permanent hearing loss. Given the fact that output of personal music players can exceed 115 decibels, users of these devices should be aware that their hearing is at risk when high listening volumes are selected.

Here are the facts:

  • once your hearing is damaged, there is no recovery.
  • Once you have hearing loss, it will probably get worse with age.
  • You may not recognize that you are experiencing hearing loss, since it is likely to begin in the high frequencies.
  • If you seem to be “getting used” to loud music, this may be a sign that hearing damage has already begun.
  • If you hear ringing, roaring or clicking sounds when no outside sounds are present, this may be a sign of hearing loss. If others seem to mumble, or if you hear them speaking and cannot understand the words, you may be experiencing hearing loss.

The truly important message is that hearing damage is cumulative—it adds up over time. Repeated overloading of the auditory system will lead to hearing impairment. Many, many young people are damaging their hearing by listening to dangerously loud music. People are showing up at hearing clinics at earlier and earlier ages seeking help for their hearing loss. Unfortunately, once the loss occurs, the damage cannot be repaired. You can and should take steps to protect your precious sense of hearing.

People often do not notice they have hearing loss until the damage is profound and extends down to the frequencies involved in the understanding of speech. At that point, they have difficulty in understanding what others are saying.  Many people who reach this level of loss end up wearing hearing aids in order try to salvage their communications abilities and avoid the social isolation that can accompany hearing loss.

If you want to have your hearing evaluated, see an audiologist or licensed hearing instrument specialist in order to arrange a test. A baseline hearing test can be useful in the future.

Protect your family from loud music such as MP3 Players and Concerts

Another point!
Your ears are not equally sensitive to sounds at different frequencies. Your hearing is maximally sensitive at about 1000 cycles per second. In order to hear low frequency sounds at the same apparent loudness as sounds at 1000 cycles per second, it is necessary to push sound pressures to very high levels. Thus, when you are trying to enhance low pitch sounds, you may actually raising sound pressure levels to a point where your are damaging your hearing.

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