Environmental noise is a big part of our daily lives. We expose ourselves to environmental sounds on a regular basis and frequently do not give it a second thought. Our homes, classrooms, and workplaces resonate with environmental sounds. It is essential to contemplate this noise and develop a means to lessen or prevent exposure to it because once our hearing is gone, we can never get it back. What are the consequences of this racket and what is being done to lessen its impact?
Has all of this noise affected your ability to hear? If this is the problem, you are not alone. Hearing problems are the third most common health problem in the U.S.with 48 million Americans having some degree of hearing impairment. There are warning signs such as:
Hair cells reside in your inner ear. These delicate cells receive damage with repetitive exposure to loud noises and may result in a sensorineural hearing loss or tinnitus. Factory, construction, and transportation workers are at high risk for hearing loss. Musicians, entertainers and those employed in the emergency services industry are risking their hearing as well.
Steps can be taken to lessen your exposure to environmental noises while protecting your hearing health. These five measures will help you get started:
Noise is a part of the world in which we live, and it can be challenging finding a spot that is quiet. However, there is much research taking place to understand noise and hopefully control it. Knowing the warning signs of hearing loss and taking action to protect your hearing health is essential. Please schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional for a hearing exam, and your ears will thank you for it.