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Noise can damage your hearing

We encounter different noises and sounds all the time in our day-to-day lives. We use these sounds to help us communicate with others, enjoy music, and be aware of our safety in our surroundings. But when we are exposed to extremely loud sounds, or long-lasting noise, it can be damaging for our ears.

Noise-induced hearing loss Is a type of sensorineural hearing loss, the most common of its kind after age-related hearing loss. It’s caused by damage to the hair cells. These hair cells play an important role in hearing as they are tasked with converting sound energy into electrical signals which then travel to the brain. These cells cannot grow back or be repaired after they are damaged, making this type of hearing loss permanent.


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How noise is measured

We measure sound in units called decibels (dB). Using this rubric, when we increase sound by 3 dB, it means that a sound is twice as powerful. This means we experience that noise as being twice as loud in our ears. Some common sounds and their decibel equivalent are shown here:

  • Normal conversation – 60 dB
  • Heavy city traffic – 85 dB
  • Average personal stereo with earphones – 90dB
  • Motorcycle engine – 100 dB
  • Rock concert – 110dB

The length of the noise exposure matters. Although we might be able to listen to the sound of normal conversation almost indefinitely without worry, listening to music on an average smartphone has a limit of 8 hours, and a motorcycle engine can only be tolerated for 2 hours before it becomes damaging.

What are the common causes of NIHL?

At Work

The threat of hearing loss usually doesn’t feature in our thoughts as we decide on our future career. But there are a surprising number of professions which can be bad for hearing health. The list of industries includes:

  • Manufacturing
  • Farming
  • Entertainment
  • Construction
  • Military

Figures from The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate that more than 20,000 workplace hearing loss cases are reported every year. Workplace exposure accounts for about a quarter of all hearing loss cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are routinely exposed to damaging noise at work your employer has a responsibility to take measures to reduce noise exposure, or provide hearing protection where this is not possible.

During leisure activities

The number of hearing loss cases from leisure activity is rising rapidly. Two activities at the highest risk of hearing loss are live music and recreational shooting.

Professional and amateur musicians are routinely surrounded by high levels of noise, both during rehearsal and performance. Many famous musicians have recently admitted to having hearing loss including Sting, Neil Young and Eric Clapton. This comes as no surprise to researchers. A 2014 study in Germany found that musicians were about four times as likely to have a noise-induced hearing loss in comparison to the average person.

As opposed to the years of persistent high-level exposure that musicians face, recreational shooters are much more vulnerable to the short bursts of extremely high-volume noise that come from working with firearms. Gunfire can reach levels of up to 130 decibels and requires particularly strong protection.

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We offer custom hearing protection to complement all hobbies, from shooting to music to motorcycling. They are based on your unique hearing imprint, meaning they fit amazingly, are super comfortable and offer maximum protection. Please see our services page for more information.


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