Everyday noises can lead to hearing damage

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Everyone knows that loud noises can damage hearing. Fire Crackers, standing too close to the speakers at a concert, or being in a loud stadium can quickly and permanently cause damage to your ears. But what about the quieter sounds that people are exposed to every day?

Many everyday sounds register between 85-100 decibels. Whether it’s an air conditioner that is close to you at the office or those ear buds playing music all day, prolonged exposure to these sounds can lead to hearing damage. Even something as simple as a balloon popping at a birthday party can be the reason behind a patient’s hearing loss.

For those worried about how their everyday activities might affect their hearing, there are some easy ways to stay safe. The simplest way is to always pay attention to volume of sound around you. It is recommended that everyone turns down music and other audio below 85 dB. If the noise does get above this level in a bar or restaurant, don’t stay around long enough for your hearing to get damaged. Also, when you’re in doubt about the noise level or the length of time you have to spend in a noisy environment, use hearing protection, such as ear plugs.

If you feel you may have damaged your hearing, don’t hesitate to contact Hearing Revolution at (877) 426-0687 to schedule an initial appointment.

Michal Varga