When Loud Noises Become Too Harmful

Why Music is Good for Your Soul

Many people suffer with hearing issues in their life. It is common, especially as we age; therefore, looking at new hearing aids is important. Those of us who have determined that we have issues with hearing, need to be sensible – loud noises play a huge role in worsening our hearing or causing the issue in the first place. 

Our ears are exposed to noise in the workplace, on the city streets, at parties, concerts and even in our own home. Oftentimes, we do not adequately protect our ears. Once your hearing is impaired, it cannot be cured. Despite this, many people are exposed to noise every day. It is not always possible to avoid noise at high intensities. However, avoiding damage to your hearing is possible. The damage caused by exposure to noise depends mainly on the intensity of the noise and the duration of exposure to it. Frequency also has an effect, high frequencies interfering and more harmful than low frequencies. The noise may tire the inner ear and cause temporary hearing loss. You may have tinnitus for a few weeks following a loud concert too. All of these problems arise from our hearing sense being damaged temporarily. When we forget to protect our ears, with earplugs or earmuffs, we are opening ourselves up to more trouble. 

Exposure at work

As exposure to noise continues, the ear gradually loses its ability to recover from temporary hearing loss and the damage becomes irreversible. The injury occurs slowly and usually the employee is unaware of this at the beginning of the process. This may occur if you work in noisy factories, or perhaps you work in a music concert hall or events. You must demand adequate protection and if it isn’t available, take the matter into your own hands.

Also, noise may strain also on other organs in the body, because it makes exceptional provision of hormones and muscle strain. Workers exposed to noise sometimes complain about irritability, insomnia and fatigue. Ears are very sensitive to pressure sound waves acting on the eardrum, therefore, the amount of stress can set the intensity of the noise. When you are listening to music, you may crank the sound up, but really our ears can’t process such a loud noise and over time, the hairs inside the ear are damaged, affecting the hearing itself. 

Do I need a hearing aid?

If you do need one, then this will be because your ears are struggling, and perhaps you are finding it difficult to engage in conversation.  In this case, you may need a hearing aid and there are a few available to you.

  1. An analog hearing aid amplifies all hearing sounds equally. Beyond adjusting the speaker volume to the degree of hearing loss of the user in selecting the device, there is a limited ability to tune the device.  
  2. A digital hearing aid enables a more accurate direction of the devices through a computer, depending on the patient's hearing curve, and allows the user to better understand speech and hearing comfort. There are digital devices that include a number of listening programs for different listening modes, such as a noisy environment or music.