Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

What is noise-induced hearing loss?

Exposure to noise is one of the biggest contributors to hearing loss in the UK and Ireland. This can be caused by extended exposure to loud levels of noise such as concerts, work sites and listening to loud music.

Symptoms and causes

What causes noise-induced hearing loss?

The hair cells of the inner ear are unable to regrow.

Exposure to loud noises (over time or suddenly as an explosion or gunshot) damages the hair cells, causing their death.

If enough cells and nerves are destroyed, hearing is permanently damaged.

The effects and signs of NIHL

You may experience a drop in your hearing and find it difficult to hear high frequency pitches as well as you used to. 

Prolonged exposure will also impact lower and higher frequencies also. You may notice it is difficult to follow conversations even in a quiet environment. 

The symptoms of noise-inducing hearing loss may be immediate or you may develop them over time. 

The most common symptoms are: 

  • Difficulty hearing high frequencies
  • You may experience Tinnitus
  • You notice your hearing worsening over time
  • Feeling of pressure in the ear

How loud noises can damage our hearing

Loud noises primarily affect the cochlea, the hair cells and the membrane iin your inner ear. 

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How is noise-induced hearing loss treated?

Hearing aids may be able to help you improve your hearing. If you believe you are suffering from noise-enduced hearing loss the best thing to do is book a hearing test with an audiologist, Amplifon offer these completely free. An audiologist will be able to examine the level of loss and provide options to help with your hearing needs. 

Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

To reduce their risk of noise-induced hearing loss, adults and children can do the following:

  • Identify sources of loud sounds and understand which noises can cause damage.
  • Protect their ear wearing earplugs or earmuffs  during concert, loud activities etc.
  • Turn down the volume of music systems
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