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.
It turns out your ears are responsible for a lot more than just your hearing! The mechanism of tasting is also more complex than you might think - neural pathways run from your taste buds to your brain to transmit different tastes. One of the largest branches of the facial nerve is known as the chorda tympani (CTN) and it is responsible for carrying information from the anterior part of the tongue.