What Is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by excessive exposure to loud sounds. The damage is usually caused by two factors working together: the intensity of the noise and the length of time someone is exposed to the noise. Sometimes, temporary noise-induced hearing loss occurs after moderate, short-term exposure to noise, such as a loud concert. Repeated exposure to loud noise can gradually cause permanent hearing loss. Tinnitus can also be a symptom of repeated exposure to noise. A hearing test in Milton from one of HearSay’s certified Audiologists can determine if you have noise-induced hearing loss.
Causes of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
- Prolonged exposure to loud music (i.e. concerts, amplified stereo systems)
- Noisy workplaces (i.e. construction workers, military workers, farm workers, musicians)
- Prolonged exposure to loud machinery (i.e. airplanes, snowmobiles, ATVs, home appliances)
- Noisy events (i.e. fire crackers, car races, sirens, loud movies)
What Regulations Protect The Public From Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
While the Canadian government’s regulations guide environmental and occupational noise exposure, the focus is largely on environmental concerns, such as airport flights. Regulating the public’s exposure to noise in typically loud environments (such as noisy bars, concerts, dances, and other public events) seems to fall between the cracks. For instance, noise levels up to 85 decibels are permitted for an 8-hour workday. But there are no regulations that ensure that the public is notified of potential noise exposure, or that hearing protection is provided or available to purchase.
How Common Is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
The prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss is not known specifically in Canada, but American statistics indicate that hearing loss primarily concerns people over the age of 65. On a global level, hearing loss affects 28 million people.
However, hearing loss is a growing area of concern among young people, and approximately 23% of young people who reported hearing loss said it was due to noise exposure. Increasing numbers of young people are experiencing noise-induced hearing loss due to noisy leisure acitivities and extended exposure to loud music through earphones. To prevent noise-induced hearing loss from worsening, HearSay’s hearing tests in Milton can help. Early identification, monitoring, and treatment by an Audiologist is necessary to ensure that the patient’s hearing doesn’t further deteriorate.
HearSay: Hearing Tests And Hearing Aids In Milton And The Surrounding Areas
It’s important to note that 99% of all noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. Limiting the amount of noise you’re exposed to through leisure activities and using hearing protection devices (such as ear plugs) when in noisy environments can help preserve your hearing. If you or a loved one may be suffering from noise-induced hearing loss, book an appointment at HearSay Speech and Hearing Centre for a hearing assessment. Our qualified Audiologists can diagnose and treat your hearing loss so you can experience better hearing and improved quality of life. We also offer hearing aids in Milton that use the latest technology to provide a comfortable and discreet fit. Contact us to learn more.