What is noise-induced hearing loss?
Everyday, we experience sounds around us from the television, traffic, household appliances or a phone ringing. These sounds are all at safe levels that do not affect our hearing.
Sounds become harmful to our ears when they are too loud, even if it’s only for a short time or when the sound is loud for a long period of time.
Noise induced hearing loss can be brought on suddenly or over a period of time. It may be temporary or permanent and could affect both ears or just one ear. Even if you don’t think your hearing has been affected by the exposure, it could change in the future. Having an effortless conversation with friends and family face to face or over the phone could become more challenging as you struggle to understand clearly what people are saying. With background noise as well, this can become frustrating not being to hear clearly what is being said.
If you work in a noisy environment, such as a nightclub, construction site or factory, these are environments where we would recommend protecting your hearing. Employers are required to provide hearing protection if the noise in your workplace exceeds 85 decibels.
Regularly listening to music at a high volume, with headphones, can damage your hearing. Very loud noises such as explosions can also affect your hearing temporarily or permanently, which is known as an acoustic trauma.
Protecting your hearing for the future is important. Being aware of the causes of hearing loss will help protect you and your friends and family for the future.
High Frequency hearing Loss
High frequency hearing loss can affect anyone at any age. It usually means that you have a reduced hearing sensitivity predominantly at frequencies above 2000 Hz.
A higher frequency hearing loss results in difficulty in understanding speech especially in the presence of background noise and will usually worsens over time. There is a wide variety of hearing solutions with leading innovative technologies available to assist with high frequency hearing loss. A comprehensive free hearing test at your local store by one of our expert Audiologists can help identify whether you are experiencing difficulties with high frequency hearing loss.