5 myths about noise-induced hearing loss

Have you ever felt hard of hearing after a night at a concert? Do you have hearing loss after years of working in a noisy environment? Did a sudden loud noise make you lose your ability to hear out of one or both ears? If so, you may have noise-induced hearing loss.

According to Statistics Canada, 60% of Canadians ages 19-79 have a hearing health problem. While the root cause of noise-induced hearing loss may seem simple, there are many misconceptions. It’s time to set the record straight.


Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is immediately noticeable 
While many people may experience temporary hearing loss after a loud party or concert, a damaged ear may not be immediately noticeable. Often, noise-induced hearing loss is the result of years of exposure to loud noise, and isn’t noticed until a family member points out common signs of hearing loss.


Noise-Induced Hearing Loss isn’t permanent 
While noise-induced hearing loss is one of the few types of hearing loss that CAN go away over time, it is often permanent. Start by resting your ears and giving yourself about 16 hours to recover. If you still experience hearing loss after this time then it is important to see your local hearing professional


Noise-Induced Hearing Loss only occurs if you are exposed to loud noises on a regular basis
One single exposure to explosions, gun shots, loud concerts and other sudden loud noises can all cause noise-induced hearing loss. It is important to wear hearing protection if you anticipate being exposed to loud noise, even if it is just for a short amount of time.


Only loud music can cause hearing loss 
Your profession may be just as risky as your hobbies when it comes to causing hearing loss. Industrial noise is one of the leading causes of noise-induced hearing loss.  A recent study by the United States Center for Disease Control showed that miners are the most likely people to have this type of hearing loss, due to acoustic trauma from daily noise exposure underground.


Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is not preventable 
Noise-induced hearing loss is the only type of hearing loss that is preventable. Make sure to wear proper ear protection if you anticipate being exposed to loud sounds, even if it is for only a short amount of time.


Sometimes sound becomes noise and that can pose a problem for your ears. But exactly what constitutes noise, and how does it affect our hearing? Learn more about this right here.


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