Everyday Noises That Could Lead to Permanent Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a condition that often results from repeated exposure to loud noises. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listening to noises that are found to be 85 or more decibels when measured with a special meter damages the hair cells in the ear, causing hearing loss. Since this type of damage happens over time and you may not realize you are losing your hearing until it is too late, you may want to try to avoid being around everyday noises like the following. These noises have been found to be hazardous to hearing as they are over 85 decibels.

If you work in a shop that exposes you to loud noises, you may develop some hearing loss. The tools used in some shops can be 100 decibels. It is suggested that you limit yourself to 15 minutes of exposure to noise this loud if exposure is on a regular basis.

You may like blasting the music on your stereo every afternoon, but since this type of noise is rated at 105 decibels, it can easily damage your hearing. So can listening to a very loud MP3 player. Exposure to these types of sound machines should be limited to 5 minutes.

Working as an ambulance driver can be hazardous to your hearing. Exposure to the siren on an ambulance should be kept down to no more than 9 seconds. The sound of an ambulance siren is reported to be 120 decibels.

If you ride a motorcycle every day you put yourself at risk for hearing loss. The sound of a motorcycle registers at 95 decibels. Since the noise produced by a motorcycle could cost you your hearing, traveling by car instead of by motorcycle is advised.

The noise you are exposed to when driving through traffic is 85 decibels. Horns honking and other loud noises that come from moving vehicles is damaging to the ears. Finding an alternate route that keeps you out of lots of traffic is something to consider if you find yourself in a sea of cars every day.

If what you hear is muffled or not accurate, you may already has some hearing loss. Other indicators include trouble hearing sounds, inability to know what is being said over the phone, and tinnitus or ear pain. If you do not have any of these symptoms, consider yourself lucky. Protect your hearing when necessary by wearing earplugs, earmuffs, or both at the same time. According to National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Children as well as teens and adults can start to get noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Because this is so, everyone should try to avoid exposing their ears to loud noises.