Nearly 10 percent of all Americans have some degree of hearing loss that affects their ability to understand normal speech. While aging is the most common cause of hearing loss, exposure to excessive & loud noises can also result in diminished hearing. This is why the experts at Platinum Hearing Aids recommend avoiding extremely loud sounds as doing so can protect your hearing. The nerve endings present in the inner ear can become damaged when exposed to excessively loud sound. If loud noises are consistently heard, these nerve endings can be completely destroyed. Once a nerve ending no longer lives, there is no way it can be restored to result in permanent damage. Just being close to loud noises can negatively affect your hearing and cause tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
Tips for Preserving Your HearingThere are a number of ways people can protect their ears and avoid the disabling effects of hearing damage including:
- Use earplugs or protective ear muffs when exposed to loud noises
- Avoid spending time in places that are known to have loud noises such as construction sites, factory settings and live concerts.
- Wear noise-canceling headphones that allow you to have the volume lower
- Turn down the volume on your music player. We recommend listening to music at no higher than 60 percent of the maximum volume and for no longer than 60 minutes a day (called the 60/60 rule).
- Use earplugs when listening to live music
- Report excessive workplace noise