- Sounds can be harmful when they are too loud, even for a brief time, or even when they are both loud and long lasting.
- These loud sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
- NIHL can be immediate or it can take a long time to be noticeable. It can be temporary or permanent; can affect one ear or both ears.
NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS (NIHL) CAN BE PREVENTED
- Wear noise protectors
- If you can’t reduce the noise or protect yourself from it, move away from the noise.
- If you are exposed to loud sounds, get your hearing tested regularly.
WHO IS AFFECTED BY NIHL?
- People of all ages who have been exposed to loud noise (85 dB or above) can develop NIHL.
- The loud noise can be a one-time exposure to an intense sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time, such as noise generated in a work place. For example road workers working with jack hammers.
HOW NOISE DAMAGES YOUR HEARING
- Most NIHL is caused by the damage and eventual death of hair cells in the cochlea.
- Human hair cells don’t grow back.
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