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Noise Induced Hearing Loss Is Bigger Than You Think

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Lawnmowers, leafblowers, snowblowers, power trimmers are equally to blame as industrial machinery, construction work, or large concerts.

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) occurs when we are exposed to harmful noise levels such as sounds that are too loud or loud sounds heard for too long. This results in damage to the hair cells that convert the sounds we hear into electrical signals that get sent to our brain. NIHL can be caused by an extreme impulse sound, such as an explosion, or a continuous exposure to loud sounds over a period of time.

A good rule is to avoid noises that are “too loud” and “too close” or that last “too long” to avoid having NIHL. The damage to our hair cells and auditory nerves can result temporary to permanent hearing loss. Exposure to loud conditions may also lead to tinnitus – a ringing, buzzing, or roaring in your ears. In order to avoid such damage to your hearing aids it is important to wear protection such as earplugs and or earmuffs.

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