According to the World Health Organization, hearing loss is the number one sensory disability. Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the primary culprits. While loud music, firecrackers, firearms, jet engines, and jackhammers may be some of the most dangerous known sound levels, there are many more less known sounds that can adversely affect your hearing.
The sound of a subway train, a passing motorcycle, or riding a personal watercraft all exceed 85 decibels of sound and can damage your hearing. Other common sounds which meet this threshold you may be exposed to in your daily activities include:
- Kitchen appliances like garbage disposals, coffee grinders, blenders, and food processors
- Lawn mowers and leaf blowers
- Long flights in an airplane
- Power tools such as drill presses, sanders, buffers, and air compressors
- A noisy factory
Hearing Damage Not Involving Loud Sounds
There are other health practices and environmental factors that negatively affect your hearing. These include:
- Not removing earwax
- Ototoxic medications which may include antiobiotics
Take Action to Protect Your Hearing
Its important to recognize the importance of preserving your hearing and take preventative steps. Avoid loud noises as much as possible and using headphones to listen to music, radio, or books. If you know you are going to be in an environment with the above loud sounds, wear hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs. It's never too late to take action to protect your hearing.
Getting a hearing test is one of the most important steps you can take. Our Doctors of Audiology are specially trained to detect and diagnose hearing conditions and prescribe a corrective course of action. Call us now for a free assessment!