Noise Induced Hearing Loss
What is Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)?
- Hearing loss caused by damage to inner ear hair cells which normally convert sound into electrical signals that travel to the brain.
- A potentially permanent hearing loss that affects tens of millions of patients, especially those who are exposed daily to high noise levels.
- Hearing loss that can be prevented by avoiding continuous exposure to loud sounds and/or protecting your ears from loud sounds.
What causes NIHL?
- Single exposure to loud “impulse” sound such as firecrackers or firearms.
- Frequent and long duration of exposure to loud sounds such as in industry, loud music, power tools, lawn mowers or firearms.
- Feelings of pressure or fullness.
- Sound seems distorted, muffled or distant.
- Ringing sound in the ears, especially in quiet listening environments.
- Talk with your Audiologist about problems you’re experiencing in daily listening environments.
- Learn about proper selection of ear protection.
How can you reduce NIHL?
- Minimize exposure to loud sounds, such as reducing the volume when listening to television or music .
- Wear hearing protection when exposed to loud sounds for a long time.