The world we live in can be loud. There are a lot of common activities we engage in that provide sustained damaging noise exposure. Sounds from leaf blowers, power tools, lawnmowers, and even hairdryers and vacuum cleaners can be enough to damage your hearing.
The OSHA guidelines for Occupational Safety and Health start to kick in at 85 decibels. Sudden loud noises or sustained loud noises can damage the tiny hairs in your inner ear that are essential to hearing. These hair cells don’t regenerate. So, you want to hang on to every little hair cell that you can. Here are 5 tips to help you protect your hearing:
Approximately one in five people experience a perception of noise or ringing in their ears, which is known as tinnitus. This condition can be experienced in a number of different ways. 90% of people with tinnitus experience hearing loss, but this loss of hearing could be due to aging, exposure to loud noises at a specific point in time, or exposure to loud noises over a lifetime.