How Loud is Too Loud?
Approximately 10 million people in the United States have a permanent hearing loss from noise or trauma. New evidence is coming out indicating that younger people are showing signs of noise induced hearing loss, specifically 16.8% of 12-19 year olds (roughly 5 million) have documented evidence of elevated hearing thresholds directly attributed to noise exposure.
Thanks for the infographic from It’s A Noisy Planet and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
This chart shows the permissible exposure time and the amount of continuous noise presented. Remember, these are times allowed WITH hearing protection devices.
How can you save your hearing? Move away from the loud sound. Always use hearing protection devices such as ear plugs or ear muffs. If you need these products daily, custom hearing protection devices are also available through our office. Limit your exposure to dangerous sound.
While noise induced hearing loss is preventable, it is possible to create more damage, even if you have a hearing loss. I often hear patients say, “Well, I already have a hearing loss, so it can’t get worse.” This is 100% untrue! You can always lose more hearing, and you can never get it back once it’s gone. The best thing you can do for your hearing is to listen to music at a reasonable volume, wear hearing protection when needed and avoid loud sounds when you can!