When you don’t protect your ears from the ravages of sounds that are too loud you can cause hearing loss. Hearing loss caused as a result of exposure to loud sounds is called a noise-induced hearing loss or NIHL. NIHL can be immediate or it can take a long time to be noticeable. It can be temporary or permanent, and it can affect one ear or both ears. Even if you can’t tell that you are damaging your hearing, you could have trouble hearing in the future.
It’s unusual for individuals to suffer a sudden loss of hearing from exposure to loud sounds. What’s more common is a gradual change in your ability to hear that takes place over years. And that’s the problem. Actually, that’s typically the problem with most health issues that occur slowly, we ignore what isn’t a problem today in the hopes that it won’t really be a problem later.
A PROBLEM LATER
Later always comes sooner than you think it will. It’ll start with trouble hearing in groups and in noisy rooms which you’ll probably blame the size of the group or the amount of noise in the room. Then you’ll need the TV or radio to be louder than everyone else does in order to hear what’s being said. You might start to avoid going to places where you know you’ll struggle to hear, for example, movie theaters and restaurants. Hopefully, you don’t struggle for too long before you call our office.
CAN NIHL BE PREVENTED?
What’s the best way to avoid the “problem later” scenario? NIHL is the only type of hearing loss that is completely preventable. If you understand the hazards of noise and how to practice good hearing health, you can protect your hearing for life. If you’d like more information about the different forms of hearing protection, call our office today.