Noise Induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the second most common cause of sensorineural hearing loss after presbycusis.1 NIHL can develop gradually as a result of regular exposure to excessive sound levels or suddenly as a result of acute exposure to an extremely loud noise. When exposed to acute or chronic loud noises, the ear’s stereocilia and inner ear hairs are damaged and fail to complete their role: converting sounds to electrical signals that the brain interprets.
Preventing Noise Related Damage
As of today there is no way to repair the damaged hair cells within the auditory pathway, therefore it is important for individuals to limit further exposure to avoid increased damage. One way to help prevent noise induced hearing loss is to first understand what are hazardous sound levels and to help protect those that are too young to understand. People affected by NIHL are those with prolonged exposure to loud noises – over 85 decibels. Some symptoms associated with NIHL are a ringing/humming/buzzing in one or both ears or feeling as if sounds are distorted or muffled.
To prevent hearing loss and protect people from damage caused by loud noises Western Hearing Aid Center has a variety of state of the art ear protection for all activities such as motorcycles, snowmobilers, hunters, shooters, motor sports fans, exposure to loud music or loud work environments as well as swimming or sleeping ear plugs. We help make custom fit protection to suit your lifestyle, available in different design, colors and styles – for all environments.