Having a good understanding of what causes hearing loss can not only help to prevent it. This but can also help sufferers who are experiencing hearing problems to find the exact, best treatment and/or coping strategies to significantly improve their ability to hear and their quality of life. Often, a hearing aid which is tailored to suit specific causes and symptoms of hearing losses can make a huge difference to the lives of those who suffer with hearing loss. The good news is that by knowing exactly which hearing loss is right for you, it is possible to find low-cost hearing aids and treatment without compromising on quality.
Today we are exploring one of the most common causes of hearing loss: damage due to loud noises.
Loud Noises: A Leading Cause of Hearing Loss
One of the leading causes of hearing loss is the damage in the ear as a result of loud noises. Particularly, the inner compartments of the ear can easily become damaged, due to repeated exposure to loud noises, particularly when that exposure occurs over a long period of time.
This type of hearing loss is commonly called noise-induced hearing loss. Much like age-related hearing loss, which we discussed in our last post, noise-induced hearing loss occurs because the sensitive hair cells inside the Cochlea become damaged. The Cochlea is the spiral, coiled tube section in the inner ear where these sensitive hair cells are found. Much like age-related hearing loss, the speed at which the Cochlea is damaged over time is only increased if the individual is regularly exposed to loud noises.
Who Is at Risk of Noise-induced Hearing Loss?
As you might imagine, certain people are more likely to experience hearing loss as a result of noise-induced damage. This is particularly the case for people whose working environment leads them to regular loud noise exposure. This can especially include people who regularly use compressed-air hammers or pneumatic drills. Loud music is also a culprit, with those working on sound effects and sound tech teams, as well as those working in nightclubs particularly at risk. Our leisure habits can also expose us to high risk, particularly since the invention and wide-spread use of headphones for personal music.
Although usually damage caused by noise happens over a long period of time, hearing loss can also occur as a result of a sudden, extremely loud noise, such as an explosion. Sudden damage and consequent loss of hearing due to an exceptionally loud noise can often be referred to as Acoustic Trauma by specialists in the field. Hearing loss can also occur suddenly due to an exceptionally loud noise, such as an explosion. This is known as acoustic trauma.
What Should You Do If You Think You Are Experiencing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
If you believe you may be suffering from noise-induced hearing loss, or acoustic trauma, it is important to consult a specialist GP as soon as possible. It is very difficult to self-diagnose hearing loss. This means that to know how to cope and/or treat these symptoms, you will need a professional and detailed diagnosis.
If you already have a diagnosis of noise-induced hearing loss, or hearing loss in general, contact our team to find the best, low-cost hearing aid to help improve the quality of your life.