How loud is too loud? Sound can cause hearing loss at a level of 85 or more dBA (A-weighted decibels). The louder a sound is, the faster it can damage your hearing. According to the CDC, 5 in 10 young people listen to their music or other audio too loudly and more than 1 in 2 adults in the US have noise-induced hearing loss but do not have noisy jobs. The problem with loud noises is that they can permanently damage your hearing from repeated or extended exposure - but if the sound is loud enough, even 2 minutes of exposure can cause damage to your hearing. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is entirely preventable, but once NIHL occurs, it is permanent and cannot be undone.
Presbycusis (age-related hearing loss) and noise-induced hearing loss are conditions that cannot be reversed. However, there are many ways to accelerate and worsen the onset of these conditions - especially with noise-induced hearing loss, which is an entirely preventable type of hearing loss. Just as it is important to protect your eyes and eyesight - it is important to protect your ears and hearing. While it is generally understood that looking into bright lights or the sun and not wearing sunglasses will worsen your vision, it may be less obvious as to which habits have the potential to damage your hearing. Here is a list of 5 habits that can be unhealthy for your hearing:Continue reading