Exposure to 80-85 db can cause hearing loss. To avoid this stay away from loud noises, keep a limit on TV and music system volumes, take a 10 min break after long exposure to noise, avoid exposure to low-frequency sounds, use ear muffs when using noisy equipment like power drills, saws or lawn mowers. Give ears time to recover after exposed to loud noise.
Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:
According to research from Johns Hopkins University, around 48 million Americans have hearing loss in at least one ear and men are more than five times as likely as women to suffer from it. Most cases of deafness are caused by damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear. This damage can be caused by too much noise; noise-related hearing loss is usually irreversible.
How Loud is too Loud?
The risk of damage to your hearing is based on two factors: how loud and for how long. Experts agree that continued exposure to noise at or above 80-85 dB over time can cause hearing loss. The key to keeping your hearing healthy is knowing how much loud sound you’re exposed to. Also with age comes an increased likelihood that you have exposed yourself to more destructive noise, and will have more difficulty understanding speech in loud environments.
Tips for Protecting your Ear:
It is important that we all take steps to prevent noise-related damage by taking the following measures:
-Distance yourself from loud noises.
-Turn down the TV or your music even if it doesn’t seem loud to you.
-Give your ears a 10-minute break after long durations of noise exposure.
-Avoid prolonged exposure to low-frequency sounds, and even short durations of high-frequency sounds.
-Cover your ears with appropriate earplugs if your job or lifestyle doesn’t allow you to easily escape noise. Wear ear protectors (earplugs or earmuffs) if you are using noisy equipment such as power drills, saws, sanders or lawn mowers.
-Consider a baseline hearing test when you reach 55 or if you feel your ears may be failing.
-Give your ears time to recover after they’ve been exposed to loud noise. The best way to avoid developing noise-induced hearing loss is to keep away from loud noise as much as you can.