Many Exposed to Noise that Damages Hearing

May 26, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Uptown HC

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in the US. Almost twice as many people report hearing loss as report diabetes or cancer. Noise exposure can damage your hearing. Being around too much loud noise—like using a leaf blower or going to loud concerts—can cause permanent hearing loss. And once it’s gone, you can’t get it back! You can have hearing loss before you even notice you’re having problems. Noise is measured in what are called decibels (dB). Over time, listening to loud sounds at high dB levels can cause hearing loss—or other hearing problems like a ringing sound in your ear that won’t go away. The louder a sound is, and the longer you are exposed to it, the more likely it will damage your hearing. The more often you are exposed to loud sounds over time, the more damage occurs.

Hearing loss can cause other problems. Continual exposure to noise can cause stress, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, and many other health issues. Some people are at higher risk for hearing loss, including those who:

· are exposed to loud sounds at home and in the community.

· work in noisy environments (especially noise of 85 dB or more for 8 hours or longer).

· take medicines that increase their risk.

· are male.

· are age 40 or older.

It is important to tell your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any hearing loss and get your ears examined as part of routine care. In addition, use earplugs, protective ear muffs, or noise canceling headphones when near loud noises.

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