Noise-induced hearing loss
Noise-induced hearing loss refers to a gradual deterioration in hearing and can occur in one or both ears, leading to permanent hearing loss, as it is caused by prolonged exposure to high levels of noise. It is correct that many of the sounds that we hear daily are pleasant and have a level that surely does not damage our hearing, but there are others that turn out to be excessively high that can harm our routine, ATC Hearing Aids explains more about the loss noise-induced hearing.
In noise-induced hearing loss, damage occurs to the hair cells of the inner ear due to exposure to loud noises, this causes a reduction in the ability of the hair cells to pick up and transmit sounds to the brain, therefore, Noise-induced hearing loss is a type of sensorineural hearing loss.
Exposure to excessively loud noises is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Sounds can hurt when they are too loud, even for a short time, even if they are not that loud, hearing loss can occur after hearing a very loud noise even once, such as a bomb exploding. Similarly, it can be caused by listening to loud noises, albeit less sudden, for a long period of time; It is also suggested that there may be long-term permanent damage, even when it is not immediately noticed or detected.
The causes of noise-induced hearing loss are usually multiple and at the same time risky, since we are usually exposed to this type of noise without noticing it, and in many cases develops gradually as As a result of prolonged exposure to noise, either in the work environment or in leisure time, this is usually more dangerous because the development of noise-induced hearing loss is gradual and becomes more difficult to notice. Among the symptoms and signs of hearing loss, as is already the case in other types of hearing loss, the following stand out:
- Difficulty understanding when people speak, it is as if they are mumbling.
- Impediments to clearly hearing people’s voices.
- Obstacles to interact in social events;
- Problems when there is background noise, such as in restaurants.
- Complaints of a ringing or whistling in the ear, which is called tinnitus or tinnitus. Tinnitus can go away over time, but in some people it also sometimes continues for a long time or for the rest of life.
- For some people with noise-induced hearing loss, it is common to feel pain in the ears when exposed to noise.
To prevent noise-induced hearing loss, actions can be taken from home, such as: lowering the volume, reducing the time of exposure to loud noises and / or using hearing protectors.
If you have hearing problems, it is best to visit a specialist to detect the type of hearing problem, it is important not to miss each of the symptoms to avoid future complications, ATC Hearing Aids can help you with your hearing problem, we care about you and your health. Do you need a medical diagnosis?